“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”-Edgar Degas
For the last seven years, Dustin Grella, has been developing and refining his style. His palette consists primarily of a slate chalkboard, soft pastels, and an HD camera.
Dustin’s animation career began shortly after he lost his younger brother, Devin, in the Iraq conflict.Â He realized life was just too short to do anything other than what he really wanted to do, and that something he wanted to do was animation.Â His widely celebrated film “Prayers for Peace” was an homage to the relationship he had with his brother.Â “Â wanted to honor my brother but I also wanted to process his identity as a man, and as a soldier: two facets of him I never knew or related to. It [the film] is really more my tribute to him and my growing to understand him than a statement on his death, or the war.” Prayers for Peace uses stark but lovingly realized imagery; rendered on a chalkboard, to record his brother’s last days, final communications, and impact on those he left behind.