My cousin meets some cool people at work; his job is in no way related to animation, but his latest client happens to be an artist at Pixar Animation Studios (the chances of this happening still boggles my mind). I owe my cousin now, because he was awesome enough to surprise me by arranging a day with this guy so that I could visit the studio!
Above is the first thing we saw upon entering the Steve Jobs building, where the art is exhibited and created. On this first level is the dining area (photography isn't allowed upstairs where the art is kept, but let me just say that it is an awesome gallery with an emphasis on Pixar's latest release, Monsters University). We had lunch with our guide, my cousin's client (he's designed environments and layouts, and sometimes characters, ever since Finding Nemo. He got to travel to Scotland during research for Brave; lucky dude!). The highlight of this visit for me was when he reviewed my portfolio and gave me some valuable tips.
This is what's outside that building. The whole place is beautiful, and huge, like a college campus. They've got everything from a soccer field to a basketball court, a swimming pool and gym. There were lots of big fluffy squirrels running around too, and people sitting outside enjoying their lunch in the shade on this very sunny afternoon...man, no wonder everyone wants to work here (aside from getting to be a part of those films of course)!
Pretty sweet! Thanks cousin!!!