Last Friday I went with our design team from Disney Store to the Disney Animation Studios. First we met with Peter Del Vecho, who is a producer on the new Disney feature, The Princess and the Frog. We showed him product we're working on, and asked him questions that will help us stay true to the movie while we're making product.
The building we met at was the famous "Hat" building, built in 1994 and visible off the 134 Freeway. We met in this rectangular office, whose walls were covered with beautiful concept sketches, character studies, environment explorations, and story moments. In the center of the room was a long rectangular table, and on top of the table were stacks of white, glue-bound sketchpads about 1" thick. The pads looked like they were widescreen ratio (1:1.85) - cool! Next to the pads were pencil cups filled with grease pencils. Most people grabbed a sketchpad and took notes. I already brought something for notes, so I used a grease pencil and pad for drawing Peter.
He was a nice guy and very helpful. It was really exciting to draw something inside the Disney Animation Studio, even if it was just for myself.