Luke Pearson is a British illustrator and comic artist. He has worked with a wonderful array of client including The New Yorker, Penguin, Cartoon Network, The Guardian, and Little White Lies. However, he probably best known for his award-winning series of comics, Hilda.
Born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1987. Doodling from very young, Pearson started adding speech bubbles as soon as he figured out how to draw people. He knew early on that he wanted to be a professional cartoonist. But he was daunted by, and unsure of, how the industry worked. And so, he went to university to study illustration.
Graduated in 2010 Pearson has since kept his back firmly hunched over his desk, working as hard as possible. He has illustrated for magazines, newspapers, book covers, posters and animation. He has written and storyboarded episodes of the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. He has created various short comics, as well as a mature tale of a failing relationship called Everything We Miss.
Hilda is Pearson’s most notable comic work. Heavily inspired by Scandinavian folklore, the all-ages comics follow a young girl named Hilda whose inquisitive mind leads her into all sorts of adventures. Published by Flying Eye Books, Nobrow’s children’s imprint, the series is currently on its fourth book and already feels like a classic. It has won the British Comic Awards Young People’s Comic Award 2014 and The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kid’s Comics 2015. You can read an excellent review of the series on Comics Alliance.
You can see more of Luke Pearson’s work on his website, Tumblr and Twitter. You can also find out more about him in an interview with The Comics Journal.