Artist Rafael Mantesso is a Brazilian artist with an imagination so vast, only his dog and an entire apartment of white-walled canvases could really capture it. When his wife left him on his 30th birthday with nothing but the apartment and his Bull Terrier (who she name Jimmy Choo after the shoe designer), Mantesso turned the empty walls into something magnificent.
And Jimmy, now a social media sensation, is one heck of a muse.
When he started to paint and draw, Jimmy Choo would sometimes want to help, which is when Mantesso started having this pawtist pose for some silly photographs.
And thus, an amazing Instagram series
As he told BoredPanda in an interview
, "He is definitely my best friend and companion... I had just divorced my ex-wife, who took all the furniture in the house and the house was completely empty and white. The only thing I had was Jimmy and an empty white house."
Apparently, Mantesso has wanted a Bull Terrier ever since he was a boy: "I had a Pit Bull when I was younger and he died early. Then, I always dreamed of having a Bull Terrier."
"I think they are an amazing breed--behavior, personality, the love they demonstrate to their owner, and especially their aesthetics."
Mantesso is a passionate defender of the breed when it comes to their sometimes demonized image in the public eye: "I hate it when people turn away or cross the street for fear of him--people think Bull Terriers and Pit Bull dogs are murderers and bloodthirsty."
On how he gets Jimmy Choo to pose, Mantesso just uses the "Stay" command, explaining this pooch is always game.
"Although it’s really messy when I’m photographing him, he obeys me."
Talk about some dog-spiration! This pup was born to be on camera.
And he's not bad centerstage, either.
Don't be fooled by his easy-going exterior; Jimmy is just as aware of his appearance as any other star. Unfortunately, he has a huge sweet tooth.
But who needs to watch what you eat when you hit the gym every evening, 5 P.M. sharp? Don't forget the sweatbands.
Despite his namesake, Jimmy sometimes sacrifices style for comfort. To be fair, you can't have a sword fight in heels.
Did we say this modeling job gets messy?
For Mantesso and his pup, each sketch is an adventure. Even if Jimmy sleeps through it.
He knows when it's time to nap, and time to start handing out knuckle sammiches.
All in a good day's work, Choo.
Mantesso's book, A Dog Named Jimmy includes a complete set of the photographs, and is available for purchase here.
Also, check out all of his shots on Instagram at @rafaelmantesso