Student’s thigh doodles lead to internet fame


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Storified by CBC News Community· Fri, Sep 13 2013 17:18:45

Most girls can remember a time when boredom in class lead to doodling on your knee or painting your fingernails with Wite-Out, but most were never more prolific than a one dimensional heart or a daisy. 

Jody Steel’s imagination came alive as doodles on her thigh during her college lectures and captured the attention of the internet.

This picture of fictional character Walter White from the HBO series Breaking Bad garnered the most attention.

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The film student’s works of art were noticed have made her a bit of an internet sensation. Steel uploaded pictures of her thigh canvasses on Reddit.com where some images received rave reviews. She is also a top result on Google image searches for the subjects she brings to life on her skin.

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One of Steel’s professors at Emerson College in Boston noticed the covert dermal drawings and recruited her student to draw the illustrations for a ‘steam punk’ book called Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology.

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This gruesome image of Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street was picked up by many tattoo bloggers.

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Since achieving internet recognition, the amateur illustrator, who comes from Hollywood, Florida, has had job offers for companies around the world. 

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Still, Steel doesn’t work full time as an illustrator. Her dream is to do concept art for film and to paint on the side.

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Her skin art, which is done with marker and pen, is often mistaken for tattoos.

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As much as she likens her thigh to a paper canvas, Steel still has time for traditional sketching.

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As impressive as the detail is in her sketches, the aspiring artist has never had formal training.

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She attributes her skill to practicing relentlessly, despite what her professors may think.

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What do you think of this unique form of body art? Feel free to leave your comments below.