Plenty of people scribble on paper or even write on their hands as reminders, but Boston-based artist Jody Steel’s drawings on her thighs go beyond your typical doodles. The 19-year-old film production student meticulously simulates realistic portraits of celebrities like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke as well as popular fictional characters like Breaking Bad‘s Walter White and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.
The skilled illustrator also tackles abstract designs that turn her ordinary leg into something straight out of a horror film. While many people have mistakenly complimented her on her intricate “tattoos,” her temporary appendage art is usually made with nothing more than a few pens and markers while sitting in one of her classes.
The modest artist says, “I really started because honestly, I didn’t have any paper around. I was drawing a lot in class, and people began to notice … I’m just really pale and my skin is almost equivalent to paper.” Steel’s doodling in class eventually caught the eye of one of her professors at Emerson College who then hired her to illustrate a novel.