Sit down with Ukrainian creator Iryna Babenko as we discuss what the Lower Your Sights project means to her, her contribution to the anthology, and her thoughts on the unifying power of art.
Q: What does this project mean to you?
Iryna: For me this project is about showing the world how war affects children and families.
It’s a way to make people put themselves in the shoes of people that suffer from war, to imagine their kids instead of kids in illustration.
Q: What is your contribution to Lower Your Sights? (Short Story, Pinup, Etc.)
Iryna: I’ve contributed an Illustration.
Q: In addition to supplying food and essential supplies, Voices of Children also provides art therapy to help kids cope and overcome the stress, anxiety, and trauma of living in war conditions. Do you believe art has the power to heal?
Iryna: I believe art has the power to heal. I feel its impact on me. When I’m stressed because of cruel news I let my anger or sadness out on the illustration.
About Iryna Babenko
Iryna Babenko is a Ukrainian illustrator from Dnipro city. Iryna enjoys photography, illustration, and traveling.
A Note From Iryna:
“I love my country, and do my best to support Ukraine while staying in Poland with my little daughter.” – Iryna Babenko
Mad Cave Studios and Voices Of Children are teaming up to publish Lower Your Sights, a graphic novel anthology, to raise awareness and proceeds for children impacted by war. Earnings from the book’s sales are going directly to the Voices of Children foundation.
Lower Your Sights is available for preorder (FOC on August 29th 2022), and officially in stores on September 14th, 2022. You can pre-order your very own copy of this benefit anthology here.