Passion and job seem to be two words that stand for completely different things. While passion is what gives fulfilment and meaning to your life, it is a job that helps you to live in a practical manner. But of course, for the most successful people both these things merge in a passionate yet moneymaking vocation. Young artist James Zimmerman seems to have found this niche when he slowly turned his love for art into a profitable shoe painting business. With some innovative thinking and painting, he has an amazing story to tell.

Customized Painted Shoes?

I’m sure that many of use have wished for shoes that were perfectly customized according to our personal taste. I know I have. For example, I have always been a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and definitely wouldn’t mind paying a bit of money to get shoes that had some cool artwork of hobbits, wizards and elves. Unfortunately, shoes like these are hard to come by. It was exactly this thought that struck James when he as looking at shoes online. Being an art major, one of the first things that came to his mind was that he could paint shoes to give people exactly the kind of art they wanted. This is how the idea was born and James has been doing this for a while now.

Many orders are pouring in for shoes, as James’ work is really quite sensational. It brings to life many popular characters and stories from comics and TV shows. According to him, the most demand right now seems to be for Batman and Zelda.

 Cartoon Art on Shoes

The most impressive part is that he is still only a student at home for the summer. In fact, he had been looking for a part-time job while at home from art school. After a long search that yielded no leads, he decided to use his art passion to create his own business. And voila! the shoe painting idea was born.

What does the future hold?

According to James, he had been into art from his youth, though he only decided to take it seriously during high school. Inspired by artists like, Carl Bloch he decided to major in art. He is currently an art education student at the University of Texas and started the shoe painting idea while at home on break. For a part time gig, the shoe artist’s plan has become pretty successful and he intends to continue it after joining college too. I am sure that this young artist will increase his catalog as he proceeds with the business. It could become a full-time job in the future and I think we can all really benefit from that.