GETTING CANDID with YAIPHAHENBA LAISHRAM (Illustrator)

Name: Yaiphahenba Laishram

Age: 25

Occupation: Illustrator

City: Imphal

ABOUT YOURSELF

I’m Yaiphahenba Laishram and I come from a small family of five members; my parents, me and my three younger siblings. Dad works as a senior accountant in MGT TATA MOTORSand Mom as an LDC in Lamphel Minor Irrigation Department Manipur. I have completed my masters in Visual Communication Design from the Institute of DAIICT, Gujarat and I am currently on the lookout for a suitable Graphic Designing job in Bangalore.

THE JOURNEY SO FAR

Since early days I had an inclination towards all things artistic and so after my senior high school, I wanted to go to the best Fine Arts Institute and learn more about art. But having brought up in a country like ours where the major population believes that opting only medical science or engineering makes us successful in life, somehow, I was also convinced to take up Engineering, and so I did. I studied my B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering from RITM, Bangalore and that’s when I realized that Engineering was not my cup of tea. So, finally after completing the degree I decided to take up a course where I could learn to merge my interest (art) and the technical know-how I acquired. During that time, through a very close friend of mine, I got to know about CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design). I was not successful on my first attempt, but I got to learn a lot about the nature of the exam. I got through on my second attempt and that’s how I got into DAIICT.

THE PROCESS OF CREATING AN ART

I start off by trying to see the simplest and the most striking element of the picture (backbone structure) which easily stands out. I roughly start from there and when I’m really satisfied with the initial draft I move on to add shadows and more specific detailing on the background, hair, lips, etc. for the final touch.

STYLE AND NATURE OF WORK

I work with different mediums; pencil, watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, and digital graphics. I, however, prefer working more if not less with pencil and on portraitures at that. Also, I basically go for subjects which have interesting details; eyes are one such feature I emphasize on whenever I draw a portraiture. I also like complex structures and shapes which contains a lot of diverse elements in it, such as the human anatomy, which is one fine subject to start with.

INFLUENCES

Nature itself has always had a strong influence on me. Since my early days, I always wanted to imitate the art of nature and portray it in my works as much as possible. Artists like Michael Angelo, Hayao Miyazaki, Gottfried Helnwein and Marco Mazzoni has also influenced me considerably.

MOST FAVOURITE PIECE

Columbia: I once drew the Sony Pictures Columbia (The lady with the torch) during my final years of B.Tech, if my memory serves me right. What led me to draw that scene was the fascination that stemmed within me after I watched the opening scene to my first Hollywood movie, which begins with the image of Sony Pictures Columbia. I wanted to draw that image ever since and so I did, almost 20 years later. It holds a huge value among my collections so far.

(Columbia Pictures)

WHEN YOU’RE NOT MAKING ART

Two things: food and music. I am a total foodie and often hang out with my friends during the weekends to go on a munching spree. I also love listening to music. Currently, tuning into a lot Eric Clapton tracks.

ABOUT THE PRESENT ART SCENE IN MANIPUR

Personally, I feel it isn’t as good as I know it can be. I don’t find many user-centric works of art (more of the designs) reflected in Manipur. However, I know this for a fact that there’s a plethora of good and talented artist in our hometown but only a handful get the opportunity to shine while most don’t get what they deserve due to lack of exposure and support. I am not a visionary person but I wish to see my hometown as a place that appreciates and values artists from all spheres of expertise. In short, artists in Manipur should be more aware of what’s taking place around them and come up with artworks and design ideas which not only will improve Manipur but will unite many great minds together (by bringing a shift in the perspective of the public through their artwork with a meaning and to make them understand that a little support can go a long way.)

MOST INSPIRING LOCAL ARTIST(S)

Oja Imobi is a painter from Uripok, Imphal. He makes some of the most amazing works which I look up to and has also received quite a recognition in the field of art across India. He has given me a lot of ideas as well and I find his style and nature of work very unique. Another such person is Linthoi Chanu, the author of “The Tales of Kanglei Throne” who also happens to be my cousin sister. She is a young aspiring and talented writer/novelist and I would highly recommend everyone to also look at her work and give her your support.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Digital paintings and illustrations are some of the things which I’ll be taking up very soon.

We are so glad to have met local budding artists like Yaiphahenba and get to see his amazing artworks, we wish him the best!

Follow him to check out more of his works here: 

Email ID:  yaiphabalaishram016@gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/yaiphahenba.laishram
Instagram: @yaifalaiz
Behance:  behance.net/yaiphahenbalaishram 

Edited by Linda Horam

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