Ello! Just checked it out and yeah, I think the writing's good but I will admit that I was a bit confused at times when reading the episode.
Mostly 'cause I misunderstood the premise for the series as Vilgax going on a time traveling journey to rebuild Maltruant with the gang having to find a way to stop him from doing that so you can imagine my surprise when he did it in the first scene of the episode. And it did end a bit too abruptly for my liking especially with a big bad like Maltruant but I suppose you have plans with him being turned to stone and with Eon showing up.
I also think there should probably be a few more scenes added in to give the story some more depth like why did Maltruant suddenly go to Area 51 and maybe a scene where Kevin and Gwen discover said sightings and have to bring the news to Ben and Rook. It's a little extra but it could give the already existing scenes some more meaning. I'd work on the pacing just a bit too- I understand the characters are in a rush but the episode was over fairly quickly.
But all that being said, I'm still interested to see where this series is going. I hope my advice/critique helps out and wasn't too er- much.
Sure, I could probably whip something up for you. I'm kinda working on some stuff so it might not be avaliable right away but again, I'll see what I can do. I'm gonna have to talk about details later though since I'm going to bed soon.
Alright, I had some time and felt extra motivated so I came up with this design for your character. I even took some liberties to change up the original design to make it more original for you. Hopefully, it meets your expectations.
I'm glad you liked the first design! As for this one, well, I dunno- it seems a bit more complicated and like I said before, I'm working on some things for myself lately. I'll have to think about it for a bit but I can't say I'll do it for certain either. Hope you can understand.
That's awesome! I was actually able to check out the first episode and I might just check out some more later on. It was a pretty decent episode, could've used a little more work to be honest. Some context for new readers would also be helpful as I wasn't sure how Gwen knew Azmuth or which events from the original happened since Ben doesn't have the Omnitrix (I just assumed it was based on the No-Watch timeline). But it was still a nice short read all the same.
I think it's pretty good, it's your own unique style and the lines are actually pretty clean (I know mine can be messy sometimes when I do sketches and drawings). My only suggestion would be to make the hair more hair-like (unless it's a cool hat or something) and maybe add some more detail. Again, it's your own style of art- it can be what you want it to be but when it comes to character design, you want a design that helps establish your character. So let's say your character is into sci-fi, then he might have a UFO on his shirt. Or if he is shy around others, he might be covering himself with his outfit. Those are just examples, it's not nessecary but it can definitely help. Sorry I wasn't too specific about anything and for the late reply but if there was something in specific you wanted to know about art or if there's a certain style you're going for, feel free to ask.
So whenever you have an infobox, there should be a section labeled image. Simply type out the file name of the image you're trying to use into the section's text box and use the preview button to see if it works or if the image is correct. If it doesn't work, it's usually due to the infobox itself rather the image. I've had difficulties with that in the past and others have helped me out on a bunch of occasions. So basically, if all else fails, contact someone who knows their stuff like an admin. As for galleries, there's a section on the side that allows you to add features to your page including galleries so adding images to that should be pretty simple once you have it.
Aside from that, watching videos helped me when drawing things I weren't too good at so that might help when it come to drawing hair. Looking at other works could also help too and help you improve your style. Oh! And practice definitely helps too. (Sorry for the late response, hope it helps! :D)
Hi again, Brandon! I’ve have a few questions and facts to tell you.
1. I’ve planned everything in my mind and it seems pretty good but I can’t write anything yet because I haven’t got any idea on how is Glitch on the series so that means that I can’t write the first episode, which it’s very important to the second episode, which it’s important to the ENTIRE SERIES AND THE SEQUEL (yes, there’s going to have a sequel). Any tips on making the early draft somewhere before posting it here? (Did I answer my own question?)
2. Too many characters/aliens everywhere. Any tips to manage that?
3. I’ve been planning in doing some shorts. Any tips for that?
4. Know any way to (spoiler) make the aliens come out of the Omnitrix and not making it weird or I just should make Ben fiddling with it?
5. Can we make crossovers with another series that isn’t any of the ones here?
6. How do you make recolors or art?
And the last thing, have a good day!
Ello again! Like I said before, always happen to help.
So if you want to work on an early draft somewhere else, google drive/docs has helped me a bunch in the past and I'm still using it to this day. But if you want something a little more closer to home, you can just use the notepad program on your computer. I also use that from time to time but either for saving copies so I don't lose my work or just jotting ideas down for an episode. And I suppose you did answer it a little bit or I did it? We both did ha. Working on your series on a separate platform (like drive or notepad or whatever else honestly) can help sort out any details you're having trouble with and you can also jot down all the ideas you have until you stick with one that works best. That might help you with your Glitch problem.
Now, let's see about the rest.
2: Again, sorting your series stuff into a separate document could help keep track of all those extra characters and aliens. But even then, if you have too many- you might want to start considering lessening the cast. Too many characters could take the focus away from the characters you do want to focus on (unless executed right) and same goes for aliens. With canon Ben 10, each of the ten aliens got their time in the spotlight and then we were introduced to new aliens as the series went on. Basically, it's alright to start small and then introduce more characters/alien along the way- it shows that your series is growing and handle more than it did before.
3: I've actually had some experience in doing shorts before (I even did acouple more sorta recently too). It's not as easy as it looks unless you're good at writing short stories. Just try thinking small. A general episode might have a message or a underlying theme but a short can just be a simple story focusing on a certain character or alien. I mean there's not really a minimum or maximum amount of words to use but it's try keeping it relatively short, 'cause y'know that's what they are lol.
4: I've also did a similar story line but let's just say it was way too similar to the time it happened in the actual canon. But I can just tell you not to do some stuff I did. I guess I followed the rules to the letter, which is why it's so similar so I'd say just have fun with it. I mean, I guess it depends on how technical your series is like maybe a villain tries to hack the Omnitrix by extracting its DNA but instead they unleash some of the aliens instead. Maybe it gets struck by electricity from an advanced alien device. I think the reboot did something like that but I'm not up to date with it so I'm not sure how that might've worked. You did say you were using Glitch so perhaps that's how they escape.
5. It's probably better to crossover with a series here. I'm sure someone is willing to. But there have also been crossovers with universes from different TV shows and games. I think they can work if done right but other times they just might not work. So, you definitely can- just, I dunno, try not making it too on the nose. I haven't done a crossover as of yet so I'm not the best at giving any advice on writing one but I do love watching them so; the story can be simple but effective or compelling and interesting, the characters should have great interactions and reactions and it should just be fun to make and read.
6. There are (or at least there were) a few art services that did that recolors, if they're open still, I'm sure they would love to help you out. But for me, personally, I do my own art and stuff like that. At first, I did what anyone who first starts out did and used my default Paint program and a mouse. It came out kinda sloppy and didn't look as good. But I got better at it in time and it actually didn't look as bad. I also did some photo manipulation/editing for some of my stuff too by using free online programs and still my paint program. Nowadays, I use programs like paint.net (and sometimes GIMP) and my drawing tablet in order to do art. I've heard GIMP is better than paint.net but I haven't quite figured it out but I definitely recommend one of the two instead of a default paint program; it's not only more efficient but they're both also free. Plus you don't did a drawing tablet to do awesome art, it just takes time and practice with whatever tool you use. You can go for traditional and draw something to copy/take a picture of it and post it here, or you could use your mouse- although I'd recommend at least using a gaming mouse, those things are amazing. Or you could just ask someone in the community to do art for your series. There are some amazing artists here and I'm sure someone wouldn't mind helping you out.
And that seems to be it. Sorry I took a while to respond and even more sorry that there's so much to read but I hope it helps, none the less. If you have anymore questions or wanna talk about something in specific, just message me again and I'll be more than happy to get back to you.
Thanks! I’m sorry I didn’t reply earlier. Well, I’ve seen the art services here, and none seem my type. So I think I will go with some of my crappy art until I learn to draw better.
Also, can we do pages for in-universe franchises (like Sumo Slammers)?
No problem and yeah, I don't blame you for choosing that option. I'm sure your art isn't as crappy as you think it is though, practice helps though. And sure, I don't see why not. Even I did that with a TV show from my series.
Ello! Welcome to BTFF and thanks a bunch! I'm sure you're going to awesome here. As for tips, hmm... well, you might feel like you have a whole bunch of ideas in your head right now that you want to make a reality with your series, but before you jump straight into it, it might help to organize those ideas and construct into a story that not only you but others can enjoy as well. When I started out, I was kinda like that and wound up with half-executed ideas with the other half looking a little too similar to the original material.
Which leads me to my next tip, it's always good to have more you than the original. By that I mean, your imagination and creativity is what other users come to see since we've all seen the actual stuff on TV before. I know your series, Ben 10 Omnitrix Aliens: It's Hero Time!, is set during the reboot so that might make this tip seem a little strange but to reword a quote so it suits this situation: "What makes your series different, is what makes it special."
But most importantly, just have fun with it! Sure, it might get messy but if it's your best than it's worth it; besides a mess can always be cleaned up later. And it might not be the best thing on the wiki but it definitely doesn't have to be. I definitely wouldn't have a very nice franchise if I didn't love working on it... oh and listen to criticism! That's another good tip. Listening to what others had to say about my series, helped me improve on it and develop better stories. There's a bunch of friendly faces here so you can always rely on the community in case you need some help with something.
I would also recommend you check out the new user guides. I'm confident that they'll help you out with anything you might be having trouble with as a new user. And that's about it for tips from me. Sorry for the long post, I get a little excessive with my words... If you need any more help with something or just for me to explain my weird (but hopefully helpful) tips, feel free to shoot me another message. I'm always happy to help out!