In this friendship ecard, two cats go on a magical bike ride. The one cat leads the other as they ride up a rainbow, and over a tree birthing stars. They then coast down the steep slope of the rainbow. The message at the end reads, “You are one fantastic cat!” As always, this ecard is available to send for free on Magenta Galaxy.
Click on the picture below to view this cat ecard.
This ecard reuses the biking cat I used in this good day ecard, as well as the star tree I created a while ago for the game Starkit. Check those out if you enjoy the art in this ecard! If you are a cat lover you should also see the Space Cats ecard.
In this love ecard, a cat flying through space passes another cat going the opposite direction that strikes her fancy. They find each other and fly through the stars together.
This was the very first ecard I made for Magenta Galaxy. It is still one of my favorites. It is fairly simple but as with all these ecards, it presented challenges as I was working on it. Lining up the stars just right for seamless scrolling and getting the cat tails to wiggle were both a bit difficult, especially since I hadn’t done these kinds of things before.
The music came to me quite easily and I am very happy with it. I like the sound so much that I am always tempted to use the same instrument sample in other ecards. I also find myself playing very similar melodies when trying to come up with music for a new ecard. But I try not to use anything too similar.
Well, here it is!
Click on the picture to view this space cat ecard.
In this good day ecard, a cat rides his bike up a rainbow road into the sky. The message at the end reads “have a sweet ride.”
This ecard was difficult to make because it involved tweening both the background and the cat on the bike to situate him just right on the rainbow. The cat just rotates on his axis, while the background scrolls diagonally depending on the curve of the rainbow. The angles still look a little off to me at some points, but overall the effect is pretty good. I decided to scroll the background, rather than animate the cat entering and exiting sequential scenes because the visual quality of the cat riding the bike is not as good when it is animated to move across the screen.
Animating the cat riding the bike also seemed like it was going to be really tricky, but I just decided to just do something simple. I just rotated the legs up and down and attached the pedals to his feet. I considered adding more effects like making his tail flick around, but sometimes when there is too much going on in these ecards, the playback quality drops, so I thought it would be best to leave it.
It was also difficult to put as much emphasis on the background scenery as I wanted in this ecard, because it all scrolls by so quickly even when it seems like it is going at an appropriate speed. Things that travel in the opposite direction, like the bird near the end, have an even shorter appearance. Also it felt like I had drawn a lot more rainbow than I actually did. The ecard is a lot shorter and I had a bit less room for background elements than I expected. But I manages to squeeze things in and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Click on the picture to view this bike cat good day ecard.
I have finished three birthday ecards and they are ready for sending. Click on the pictures to view each ecard.
Mystical elephant gives raccoon some balloons that take him to a magical cupcake land in the clouds.
Balloon Trip Birthday
Cats take off for a birthday hot air balloon ride and the whole sky helps them celebrate.
Hummingbirds have a surprise birthday celebration inside a giant flower blossom.
More free ecards are on the way. I happen to know a lot of people with Spring birthdays so you’ll see more birthday ecards very soon.