Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts again… I’ve been pretty busy with doing a bunch of toons for you guys over on Instagram and I basically never have any time to do much else. I’m either tooning or spending time with the family and then getting like an hour of game time (Genshin Impact FTW) in per day and that’s pretty much it before the gas tank runs on fumes.
In the last few weeks, I put myself on a hiatus on the custom car toons to try and give myself a break but of course, my mind goes elsewhere and before I know it, I’m doing something else when I should just be chillin.
Anyway, I just want to go wayyyy back to the start of all this. The reason I got an iPad in the first place was so I could create stuff – I didn’t know what I wanted to create (which is a problem in and of itself) – and so I ended up spending a lot of time going through ideas that just never got to become anything. Over the last few years (YES, years), I went through stages of motivation and discouragement… Picking it up again to create and putting it down again because nothing came of it. Art block.
In the last 9ish months in “quarantine” or “COVID lockdown”, I’ve had a little more time to really just spend on developing my skills and trying to get to a place of inspiration. By accident one day, I decided to toon my own car just to see what I could do. One thing led to another and here I am today – tooning the world’s coolest cars (your cars) and creating what I’ve been longing to create for a long freaking ass time. When you’re on this journey of trying to find your style, you never really know when you’re going to get there until you’re actually there.
Anyway, here is what I’ve been (unknowingly) working towards these last few months. Huge thanks to JC – he’s literally been like my creative director whenever I come to an art block and he helps me come out of it with no effort at all. I asked him for a new name for my new venture and within a few minutes, this is what he came up with. So I take no credit for this except for the design! I know he knows the pain I’ve been going through the last few years because I’ve brought this up to him many times…
Technically I could have just kept it linked to lifewithjson but I felt like it deserved something fresh. So with that, I introduce you to “J-Tooned: Car Toon-up Specialist” – a new chapter of lifewithjson. I don’t know where it’ll go and I don’t know exactly what I’m doing but I’ll let it evolve into whatever it decides to – much like lifewithjson 12 years ago.
One of the first things coming down the pipe are some peeker stickers. I’m not going to show all of them cause I want them to be a surprise at launch but I’ve been working tirelessly to try and get these ready for the new year. I think you guys will really like these – whether for use on your cars, laptops, or wherever you wanna slap them.
I really wanted to create something that was iconic and recognizable and I think this hits the mark.
I will be releasing 4 sets of different automotive-themed peeker stickers. Each set will include 4 distinctive cars that have either gone down in history as some of our most sought-after vehicles, some that have become tuner favourites, and others that have become a newly created icon that has broken the chains of being stuck as a cookie cutter build. In total, 16 cars will be released. 2 of the 16 are pictured above. If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen previews of other designs but that’s the most I’ll be posting :).
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be working on setting up the online shop, putting finishing details on the sets and then be ready for orders ASAP. Thank you guys so far for the crazy overwhelming support over the last few months. Without the work you’ve given me, I wouldn’t have been able to hone my skills to get to this point. I’m super excited and I hope you are too!
Watch for the drop!