Thigh art goes viral

US - She began doodling in class, but wasn't hauled up for not focusing on lessons. Instead, she has been internationally acclaimed.

Miss Jody Steel, a 19-year-old Florida native, does not doodle on paper. She draws on her thigh, which makes the art even more intricate.

She has drawn detailed pictures, often during lectures, and her tattoo-like artwork has attracted thousands of views online and even some job offers.

Since beginning her studies at Emerson College in Boston Massachusetts in 2011, Miss Steel has been diligently working away to create new designs, before washing them off, the Mail Online reported.

Among her most well known pictures are freehand drawings of TV series Breaking Bad character Walter White and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.

She has also finished a pen-perfect drawing of Inception star Joseph Gordon Levitt.

She told the Boston Globe: "Obviously you always hope your art will be seen, but I wasn't expecting it to go so big and international."

Miss Steel, an aspiring filmmaker and artist, said drawing has always been second nature to her. So when she didn't have any paper, she decided to use her thigh. It was the "most available thing at the moment", the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.

"It was a lot easier and faster to do the drawings on my legs," she said.

About a year ago, she uploaded a photo of her "Breaking Bad" doodle on imgur, an image hosting service. It went viral and is still one of the hits if anybody does a Google image search for "Walter White". It has been viewed more than half-a-million times, but it was not attributed to her.

"I guess no one else has really done it before," she told Daily News. "(The doodles) were getting more and more detailed, but I didn't really expect them to be regarded as works of art."

It takes her about 45 minutes to an hour to complete one of her illustrations. She uses a Pilot Precise V5 pen, and the art washes off with soap and water. The portrait-like drawings are often pre-planned, but some like the ones on animals, are spur of the moment.

She has also been approached by major companies who want her to work for them.

She said: "People from all around the world are asking me to either do company designs or logos. I don't know how much I'm allowed to disclose about that. I've been signing nondisclosure agreements for some of the bigger companies."

Even her teachers were so impressed that one of her professors invited her to illustrate one of her books.

Despite doodling in class, she has managed to keep the grades up. She still gets mostly As.

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