Talented Self-Taught Illustrator Doodles on Her Thighs

We recently learned women’s thighs can be used as premium ad space, but Boston-based film student Jodi Steel found a new intriguing use for her upper leg. She recently shot to internet fame after photos of her detailed thigh drawings went viral on popular news sharing site, Reddit.

Like many other bored students, Jodi Steel used to pass the time during boring school lectures by doodling, only instead of exercising her artistic talents on the back of her notebooks, she did it on her bare thighs. Despite having no kind of formal training as an illustrator, Jodi’s dermal masterpieces look like the work of a seasoned artist, a fact which she attributes to relentless practice, despite what everyone else may think. Her talents didn’t go unnoticed, and after seeing the artworks on her thigh one day, a teacher at Emerson College, in Boston, asked Jodi to draw the illustrations for a ‘steam punk’ book called Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology. She recently uploaded photos of her thigh drawings on Reddit, where some of them were actually mistaken for tattoos. Steel has since gotten multiple job offer from all around the world, but she doesn’t want to work full time as an illustrator, instead hoping to one day to concept art for films and paint on the side.

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Jodi Steel via Neatorama 


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  • Chris Posted on September 16, 2013

    Not only is she an amazing artist, she’s got GREAT legs!

  • Michelle Posted on September 17, 2013

    why not just use paper?

  • K'mie Posted on September 18, 2013

    Because paper has a different feel and different properties to it. It interacts differently with the ink and is a different color. It reflects light -and therefore color- differently as well. Maybe she just prefers not to use up her paper.

    But mostly because paper and skin act differently, and she learned with her skin. It’s easier. It’s the ultimate temporary tattoo, really.

  • JaiGuru Posted on September 18, 2013

    I didn’t know it was possible to fall in love with someone after only having seen her thigh. -le sigh-

  • Rollo Jenkins Posted on September 18, 2013

    Looks like someone has a lot of free time….

  • Lauren F Posted on September 18, 2013

    So amazing. Self taught? SO GOOD. Why would someone suggest paper? This is different, and different is usually good when it comes to art.

  • Billy Posted on September 18, 2013

    Amazing art, and amazing legs, but isn’t that bad for you long-term? I imagine prolonged exposure to ink will do something to the skin. :S

  • Solstice Posted on September 19, 2013

    You should be a tattoo artist! I would pay for that type of amazing art

  • Emily Posted on September 19, 2013

    Why not just use paper? Why not just decide to work for the IRS? Because we are all uniquely gifted and possessed of specific dreams and passions. Without which, we would not, as a society, know the beauty of ever-changing artistic mediums, nor would we benefit from a host of amazing social works programs, such as the National Parks Service.

    Michelangelo sculpted David out of marble and this woman inspires us with her audacious use of leg-space (not an evaluation of their comparative skill, but rather their interest in different media). And she probably has done some incredible things with a pen and paper, too, one would imagine.

  • Mark Posted on September 19, 2013

    You realize that this is terrible for your body right? My sister does this all the time with the same type of markers that you are using despite my numerous attempts at stopping her. The illustrations may be good but you won’t think their so great when you get poisoned or cancer. Paper may not be your favorite thing to use, but its safe.

  • lion Posted on September 20, 2013

    who can tell me the grils email

  • Ryan Posted on September 21, 2013

    To those concerned for this woman’s health, the research I’ve done makes it fairly clear that this would be very unlikely to do any damage. Permanent inks with xylene in them can be damaging, but your average ballpoint will not harm you long-term without a massive dosage (per one page, it would require consuming 3-4 ballpoint pens in a sitting). Also there are ‘skin-inks’ that she could be using as well.

  • zheng Posted on September 21, 2013

    Who can tell me her contact?

  • Stephany Causey Posted on September 21, 2013

    This is so Cool and unique,specially the ones with the torn flesh,Almost make me want to get one of those,You Good! Your better then Good,Your OUTSTANDING!

  • Mmaat Posted on September 22, 2013

    Tented Self-Taught Illustrator Dies of Ink Poisoning

  • Top Cat Posted on September 22, 2013

    @lion @Zheng If you looked at all the photos, you’ll see one with her web site. Take it from there.

  • Justthefacts Posted on September 22, 2013

    I call shenanigans.
    Most “art” on the internet is faked, shopped, or stolen.
    One of those pictures is an actual tattoo that is clearly on someone else’s leg.

    Until she does it either live or in video, it isn’t real.

  • Sue Posted on September 22, 2013

    Rollo Jenkins, with all the wonderful drawing she does, I doubt she has much free time at all!

  • james Posted on September 24, 2013

    Justthefacts, maybe she just copied that tattoo you supposedly saw? you didnt even bother to say which one or link to the “original”

  • steveb hutch Posted on September 25, 2013

    Fantastic skill, superb legs, you are very very talented, a joy to look both, at great art and great legs, do you need a hand washing the previous drawing off before you start a new one?

  • kopijahex Posted on September 27, 2013

    merry me please !

  • Sovietred Posted on September 28, 2013

    Self taught isn’t really special,any of us artist worth a grain of salt is self taught

  • hannington Posted on September 30, 2013

    Great talent,oh and legs too.

  • Jade Posted on October 3, 2013

    I love how it went from nice cool little drawings to ripped apart skin and darkness haha. Very nice art. Great job.

  • war'N'peace Posted on October 5, 2013

    amazing art and amazing legs.

  • Rodger Posted on October 10, 2013

    She watches too much TV.