All men have their 'thing'. Some a guys its easy to spot, sports. They enjoy sitting back with a beer and watching their favorite team. Knowing all the stats of each player, who was traded, the chances of them making the playoff, etc. Other guys love cars, working on their old beater each weekend, even buying magazines on it.
Mine? I love memoriablia. When I was younger I always dreamed of the day that I would be working on films for a living. I could just imagine the halls of my home would be lined with all the different movie posters that I worked on.
So, when a new poster is released of the film i'm working on, thats my 'thing'. I make sure I get all the signatures of the animators in the department (use to be the entire studio, but Pixar is over 1000 employed). Lastly, I find one artist that inspires me. On UP, that person was my good friend Daniel Lopez Munoz. I met Dan at Columbia College of Chicago back in '95, he was a student aid for the animation department and I was animation student. Dan took a 3D animation course the semester before and shared all his tips and tricks. From there we both worked at Big Idea (where we designed the show 321 Penguins) and BlueSky (where we worked on ROBOTS and ICEAGE2). Now we both work at Pixar, Dan designed the main villian in UP, Charles Muntz and I got to animate him.
Above is Dan's generous contribution to my poster. Thank You Dan!