In & Out & FML
Hello, we love you, won't you tell us your names? It's been a week since we impregnated a dog, football (or soccer for our friends in the US) is now washing over our cortexes like a strange mind-numbing multicoloured fog, and we can't wait to see the forthcoming movie called "Two girls, one world cup". Summer has begun and the sunshine is brightening our days, except for today, as we're welcoming a new artist from the United Kingdom. Ladies, gentleman, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, take your umbrella-ella-hey-hey and help us to welcome today's artist!
- Good morning! Can you present yourself to the FML audience?
-My name's Luke Pearson. I'm 22 years old.
-We know you're from the great country which invented the Beatles and moustaches, but where do you live exactly?
-I live in Tamworth.
-What's your job?
-I've just finished a 3 year illustration degree at Loughborough University. I'm hoping that 'being an illustrator and comic book artist' can be what I do for a living.
-What's your story?
-I've always had it in my head that I wanted to draw and make pictures in some way or another for a living. Illustration was the most appealing to me out of the various paths I could have taken, which is why I took the aforementioned course. In the last year or so I've really been getting back into drawing comics, which is what I spent a vast amount of my childhood doing. The response to what I've been doing has been really good, so I'm hoping I can keep that going, keep improving and get a load of stuff out there.
-What are your projects?
- I keep a series of sketchbooks that I'm constantly drawing in and churning out ideas. I do self-initiated illustrations and comics when I want to try something new or get a fun idea and from now on will probably be constantly on the lookout for commissioned work. I've recently done stuff for various anthologies and small press publications such as a comic and the cover art for Solipsistic Pop 2, and a piece for Nobrow 3 with a bunch of other stuff coming up. I'm also working on my first properly published solo comic which will be out in November.
-Can you tell us more about your website?
-My website basically acts as a stream of all the work I do and as a hub to my other web haunts like Flickr, DeviantArt and tumblr. You can view my illustrations and comics there within the same stream or separately, although I'm thinking about having a designated site for my comics work and a more professional portfolio site.
-What inspires you?
-I'm inspired by quite a broad range of stuff. Chris Ware and James Kochalka are probably my favourite comic book artists (currently). It's pointless listing the stuff though, because the comics, films, books and music I've consumed and enjoyed most recently nearly always seeps into what I'm doing at the time, so it's a never ending snowball of influences. The best way to see some of the imagery I like is to check out my tumblr which acts as a personal scrapbook of inspiration, with my own work mixed in http://lukeperson.tumblr.com/ .
-What makes you laugh the most?
-What makes me laugh most is the ridiculous ins and outs of everyday life. The weird, awkward little turn/greeting that two acquaintances walking towards each other on one side of the street will do. They really don't want to stop and chat but have to acknowledge the meeting and look like they kiiind of want to chat but are actually really in a hurry and literally can't spare a single minute. That kind of thing.
-Why did you choose this FML?
-I chose this FML because it had literally no visual cues in it, so my imagination could run wild. To be fair, it didn't really run that wild in the end, but the thought still kind of makes me laugh.
- Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
- No, nothing bad or funny ever happens to me.
Luke's 100% British website: http://lukeperson.tumblr.com