Name: Yaiphahenba Laishram

Age: 25

Occupation: Illustrator

City: Imphal


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.)


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.


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!

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Edited by Linda Horam

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Name:  Rinchin Choden
Age: 31 years

Artistry: Doodle, Illustration, Graffiti Art 

Occupation:   Project Manager/ Design Assistant at Alienleaf Studio
Management at Bitbucket Solutions

Shillong, Meghalaya

Rinchin Choden grew up in a Buddhist family in a small town called Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. She left home and went to Shillong in 2005 to pursue a degree course but her love for creating art crowned her a job at a design studio called Alienleaf Studio as an intern soon after her graduation and has been living there ever since (12 years). 

She was graceful enough to allow us to peep into her world through this brief chat:

When and how did you first become interested in doodling? What have been your strongest influences? 

2016, as my friends would have said, it was the worst year for them, but it was the best for me. I did a lot of stuff then which is still memorable, doodling being one of them. My strongest influences have been these amazing guys I work with, they have been my greatest support.

Take us through the whole process of creating a new piece.

I usually start with a ‘dot’, wander around it for, like, few minutes.. and then there is no stopping. When I am making a piece with intricate designs I usually take about five to ten days, and I like to be left alone when I am making it. My other work titled “Diary of Lazy Rinzi” is a bit more fun and is about my observation skills (which happens to be real bad).

What else do you do when you’re not doodling?

Apart from my usual job and doodling, one can always find me in the kitchen, experimenting with innovative ingredients. According to my friends I make killer momos. If not the best, at least, the second best in the town.

It is easily noticeable that most of your doodles are in black and white. Any particular reason for staying away from using other shades?

My favorite colors are grey, black and white. I find more dimensions through them. About “brighter” colors, they are yet to equally fascinate me!

What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?

My studio is basically my bedroom and the most indispensable item is my blanket. 🙂

Do you undergo creative blocks from time to time? If so, how do you subdue them?

Ah, that’s hard to answer; I do give myself breaks whenever I am working on something. Those breaks are usually time for daydreaming, where I think about what else I could add to make my artwork more appealing. When I start working on a piece I just think about it day and night till I complete it. So, technically, I’m always working and thinking. Thinking is the greatest work.

Pick up your favorite piece of art and tell us the story behind it.

There was this time when I had a recurring dream which I actually remembered and tried to put it on the canvas. I managed to complete two out of the three series but somehow the last part of the series is yet to be done. It’s about this girl trying not so hard to fit in and letting herself lose control of all the burdens. The medium is permanent marker pens on canvas.

How do you feel about the present art scene in Shillong?

 – Well, Shillong is one big hub for artists. Be it graffiti wall art or painters, we have it all. There are art schools to hone the talents of young and old artists. There are cafes which promote art and then there are groups like The Small Art Project which is a small initiative to bring in all local artists and promote the freedom of creativity through various mediums of art.

What do you think are some of the most inspiring things happening in the North Eastern region of India that encourages the budding talents?

There are lots of events and workshops happening in the Northeastern part of India where young minds gather together and these are the hotspots where budding talents are discovered, be it Music, Sports, and other youth activities.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? Tell us about the particular piece.

Recently, I started the project “Diary of Lazy Rinzi”, which is a mini-version me, and the whole idea behind it was to make myself feel good and it’s an accomplishment every time someone says that seeing my work makes them happy.

So, what are you looking forward to in 2018?

2018 – It should be brighter, vibrant and eventful!

We had an amazing time chatting with Rinchin and we wish her the best in her future endeavours.

To keep up with Rinchin’s amusing doodle series The Diary of Lazy Rinzi and other creative arts, follow her social-media handles below:


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