Just like Javier Perez, Victor Nunes and Dudi Ben Simon, Brazilian illustrator Rafael Mantesso creates simple but brilliant illustrations that make use of real-life objects to give themselves meaning. Unlike these artists, however, Mantesso enlists the help of a special collaborator – his beautiful bull terrier, Jimmy Choo.
Mantesso, who is also the editor of a gastronomical web magazine, told Bored Panda that he started creating playful images again after a painful divorce with his ex-wife. They created a beautiful image that signified their friendship and loyalty to each other, and the series of images grew from there.
“Although it’s really messy when I’m photographing him, he obeys me,” Mantesso told Bored Panda. “He has been trained, so he knows the voice command ‘stay.’”
“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.”
“I had a pitbull when he 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.”
“He is definitely my best friend and companion. 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.”
“I love to paint and draw, but recently I went back to do that. For now it is a hobby, draw, illustrate and paint using objects in my daily life. I already have some requests for screens, photos and am starting to think about making it work. We will see.”
The touching image that started it all:
We’d like to thank Rafael for the comments about his images. We wish him the best of luck with his work!
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