On his 30th birthday, Rafael’s wife left him taking everything but his beloved dog, a bull terrier named after her favorite shoe designer: Jimmy Choo.
With nothing but a bull terrier as his companion, Rafael managed to turn his life around.
Inspired by Jimmy’s energetic attitude and excitement, he began using him as a model for his art and photography.
Jimmy is adorable and clearly loves his photo shoots
“I created a series of fun, tongue-in-cheek illustrations, portraying my bull terrier dreaming of shoes, relaxing on a sofa with a martini by his side or turning canine DJ on the decks. 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 my book, which is coming out in October.
“It’s a part of my day that I devote myself solely and exclusively to him. He loves to be the center of attention. I think this is a feature of every bull terrier,” Rafael says.
See their incredible friendship and story.