Ludlow was a glamour illustrator who did much pin-up work
in the late 1950s for Esquire. He painted the entire
twelve-page calendar for 1957 - the last published by the
magazine. His pin-ups also appeared in the series of three-page
centerfolds known as Esquire's Lady Fair. For these
works, Ludlow often called on actresses like Virginia Mayo
and popular personalities like Betsy Von Furstenberg in
addition to professional models.
Besides painting his Esquire pin-ups, Ludlow had
another entire career as an illustrator of romance articles,
providing pictures of beautiful women to mainstream magazines
such as The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping,
Collier's, and Family Circle. From 1950 to
1960, he also painted many front covers for paperback novels,
including among his clients Pocket Books, Dell Books, and
Bantam Books. All his paperback covers had a strong air
of sensuality and featured sexy pin-up girls as the main
Ludlow was born in 1921 and grew up in Buffalo, New York.
He attended the Art Students League, where he studied with
William McNulty. His first commercial art assignment, for
the Sunday supplement of the Journal American, came
in 1948. From the beginning, Ludlow has specialized in glamorous
subjects and made beautiful women his trademark.