Illustrative Storytelling

Mumbai born art director Amit Kaikini began drawing as a child. He would watch disney, marvel and DC cartoons and try to sketch them on his drawing book. He won all the drawing competitions at school. When Amit was only 12 he created a 10 page comic based on the Ninja Turtles. His love for storytelling and comic books evolved into the pursuit of graphic novels and visual arts, and he moved to Pune for further studies in Commercial/Applied Arts at Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya.

Amit’s first digital illustration  was published and displayed at Adobe HQ, San Jose, California in 2011.Here it is.

Amit is influenced by artists like  Salvador Dali for his surreal visions, Jean “Moebius” Giraud for his sci-fi & fantasy comics, Boris Vallejo for fantasy and erotica styling, Frida Kahlo for her surreal & folk art, R.K Laxman for his Common Man comic strips, Anant Pai for Tinkle & Amar Chitra Katha, Sarnath Banerjee for his abstract storytelling through his graphic novels to name a few. Inspired by Haruki Murakami’s books, Amit had illustrated a surreal painting as a homage to the maestro storyteller.Here it is:

Amit is also heavily influenced by music. He loves listening to the Asian Underground, ambient music, drum and bass and electronica musician’s like Talvin Singh, Karsh Kale, Nitin Sawhney, Niladri Kumar, Midival Punditz as well as Hindustani music Maestro’s like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Sultan Khan whose music he claims to have textures and patterns that he  visualizes in his creations.

Amit loves the rotring, photo-ink, acrylic and mixed media apart from water colors and pastels. Here are some of his illustrations. He goes by the name K1llustrator and you can see more here.
















Currently Amit is exploring and experimenting with illustrations & storytelling through exhibitions. Last year he was a part of two group shows at The Art Gate Gallery and The Li’l Flea: Edition 6, BKC. He is also collaborating on new projects to be published this year.

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