Créu's 20th Anniversary!!


❤ Can you believe Créu turns 20 years old TODAY, March 27!? ❤


That's right! 20 YEARS AGO, Créu was copyrighted as a character in Brazil, so on this date we celebrate his official birthday! 🎂



I hope you could participate in our INCRÉUDIBLE festivities today!!



But I know why you're really here... you want to take a real look at Créu's HISTORY, right?!




Okay, so... if you've watched CRÉU'S SHORT, you actually were already glancing at a brief history of Créu - from the first conceptions to modern days!



So let's take a closer look at these drawings - and more!


There is a TON of drawing history - but don't worry, PriVer Archives is something I plan to do for many more posts, so subscribe to see more!


 



Alright! To begin our journey, let's start with this drawing here. THIS was probably one of the VERY first drawings of Créu, in the geometry class!



A lot of people ask what inspired me to create Créu (no, it wasn't Geometry haha). The design of Créu is basically "the first thing that comes to mind when I draw". Sort of like a second nature doodle that I NEVER get tired of drawing! I think this is also why I consider Créu a "blank canvas", something that paves the way for more design elements to be added.



Secondly, I want to show you guys the image that was actually copyrighted in Brazil!!


In fact, this is the actual document that was sent to me as proof of Créu's registry. As you can see, it's dated March 27, 2002! This would basically be Créu's birth certificate :)



When I was in my teens, I was also VERY into anime, which back then the most popular ones were Pokémon and Sailor Moon. There is already a BLOG post about Créu Comics with tons of cool archive stuff, so definitely check that one out, but let's look at some heavily anime-influenced Créu drawings!



Several doodles of Créu, mixed in with some of my other characters.
At some point during Créu's comic/manga phase, he was supposed to be a super hero!! (Do you see the Pokémon influence here? lol) This idea paved way for Byter's creation later.
Inked drawing on paper. Yes, that is Fred.
Idea for a Créu manga cover.

Soon enough I got myself a copy of Photoshop 7, which was VERY hard to come by back then. Learning it was also difficult because we only had magazines back then - thank you, Mom, for purchasing one for me that had some Photoshop tutorials!


Here's some of Créu's first digitally-colored drawings!




Over time, I got a bit more experienced, learned to work with layers and experimented with brushes!


Petita came not long after Créu. Her birthday (registry) is August 30th, 2005!

For my 15th birthday, my family did a huge party (it's always been my Mom's dream!), and I made this cover art to celebrate! Inside this book, there were pages that guests could sign and leave messages.


UPDATE: this PriVer Archive had been published already on a previous post! You can see it here: https://www.creucat.com/post/happy-2021




Even with the digital arts advancing, I never lost sight of the beauty and freedom of drawing on paper! Did you miss Créu's old chubby design? XD


Various shirt design ideas based on the old school pixel "tags".

During that time, I also knew I wanted to become an animator - but YOUTUBE didn't come around until much after, when I was about to head to college. Still, the art of animation fascinated me, and you can see some of that influence of "animation principles" on these later drawings.

More explorations of Créu!

It wasn't long after that I discovered Adobe Flash - and drawing in vector, with a tablet too... and my imagination went wild to create all kinds of Créu Content!


Who could forget the OG Créu logo?!


Let's take a look at more Flash-made Créu art!


Hmmm... who is this dog-looking plushie? Maybe we'll find out sometime... :)