Born in Seattle in year 1973.
"Bald I entered into this world and ...Bald I shall depart. " - Mark Ludy
I was an inquisitive child, no doubt, with an imagination the size of TEXAS! My early years were chalk full of adventures in the back yard... a yard that encompassed the universe! The mammoth tree in my back yard would become a ship on the high seas, or a space station under attack! and of course... it was up to me to save the day (as everyone's life hung in the balance and that of the universe.)
It was my dad that first introduced me to the joy of drawing. At restaurants he would pull forth a napkin and with his trusty pen draw something... maybe two eyes. He'd then pass the napkin and pen to me and say, "now You draw something."
I'd look at his two hilarious eyeballs he jottled down and then carefully draw a nose. A HUGE nose! I'd pass it back. Next thing I knew, he would draw a juicy worm coming out of one of the nostrils!
We'd pass that napkin back and forth and each time the napkin would return to me - a new funny detail would emerge.
My dad made drawing fun. And after each 'session' he would write, "Drawn by Mark Ludy, age 4 (...or age 5, or whatever age I happened to be.) and Dad"
That was the start of it all.
I just kept drawing... but the secret ingredient that always was there, through all the years, was "Have FUN with it".
To date I've illustrated and/or written 13 books. I've created lots of art and have been blessed to speak to kids and adults all over.
It didn't come easy for me, this growing up. I struggled terribly in school and realized when I was 18 - 'I wasn't stupid'. Crazy, but I came to the understanding that I wasn't like other kids... I was unique. How I learned was different than others. I never went to college - but I DID finally become a student. And went on to learn and grow... and, to this day... I am still enrolled in that school.