Featured image via NY Daily News
On Brazilian artist Rafael Mantesso’s 30th birthday, his wife left him.
According to a blog post from Rafael, she took everything. Well, almost.
You see, Rafael says that although she took all the cookware, furniture, photos and decorations, she left something very special – his dog, a bull terrier named Jimmy Choo.
“I found inspiration in my blank walls and my best friend and started snapping photos of Jimmy Choo as he trotted and cavorted around the house in glee,” writes Rafael, who had just been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome not long prior.
At one point, Jimmy “collapsed in happy exhaustion” next to a plain white wall. That’s when Rafael got an idea.
“I grabbed a marker and drew a new world,” he says. “Suddenly, I felt [this] long-dormant inspiration for drawing, for art, for life – returning.”
It wasn’t long before Rafael was creating all sorts of cool drawings based on his companion.
The artist eventually launched an Instagram account to showcase his work. As of writing, that account has amassed more than 600,000 followers – all thanks to creative images like this one.
And this one.
Did I mention this one?
Rafael and Jimmy have even garnered widespread media attention. They’ve been featured in The New York Post and even The Daily Mail from across the pond.
In fact, the pair have become so popular that the original, fashion-designing, Jimmy Choo commissioned them to help with a special line.
Rafael has also launched a book titled “A Dog Named Jimmy.”