When Life Gives You A Blank Canvas…Draw

When life gives you a blank canvas the only option is to draw. This is what happened to Rafael Mantesso who on his 30th birthday his wife decided to leave him and taking everything but the kitchen sink. But she did decide to leave behind their dog; a Bull Terrier named Jimmy Choo.  This story originally appeared on brightside.me.

Suddenly Rafael was surrounded by blank white walls and only his dog Jimmy to keep him company. Rafael found a creative outlet in those white walls and his dog Jimmy were his inspiration.

When Jimmy collapsed in happy exhaustion next to the white wall, I grabbed a marker and drew a new world around my ginger-eared pup. Suddenly, I felt this long-dormant inspiration for drawing — for art, for life — returning,’ recounts Rafael.


Rafael is a true creative artistic inspiration. The images he was able to draw using Jimmy as his subject are fun, cool and a give a feeling of spontaneity.  He uses everything from pop culture commercial logos to rock artists and their brand.


To every negative there is a positive. Rafael’s wife’s abandonment led to these awesome drawings, which have caused a following of at least 200,000 followers on Instagram. Rafael’s friend has photographed Jimmy Choo in all these poses and will soon be available in book form later this month.

Set against a matte white background, the illustrations are humorous and eye-catching juxtaposed with bright pops of iridescent color in hot pink, copper and electric blue. I added the best pictures of Jimmy to one book, which is coming on October.

You can follow and see more of Rafael Mantesso work by following him on Instagram @rafaelmantesso and interest in purchasing the book check out his site at jimmythebull.com/book.  We wish both Rafael and Jimmy much success!


Article and image source 1:     brightside.me

Article Source 2:                           boredpanda.com


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