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Submission category of the cartoons & comics section made my little brain confused as hell =_=

Submitting an old work. 2009 to be exact.

This is a graphic novel I made for my school's annual art folio - Horizons. The theme was opposites. And being creative and all I chose a very unique concept- water and fire. *sarcasm*

It really brings back memories.

All the drive and enthusiasm thinking about the storyboard; talking about how the story will come out while walking home with my boyfriend; sitting in during my former professors class just so I can render this in between breaks- I got to finish the cover page quickly thanks to that; then cramming the rest of the 12 pages in three to four days with hardly any sleep and cramming for my majors too. *sigh* Good time. Gooood tiiiiiimes~.

Looking at it again, I realized I hardly improved these last 3 years- which is pretty depressing- actually, it's very depressing. Or maybe I’m just setting my standards too high again. Yeah, I think that’s it. I should stop doing that. =_= ;

I opt with illustration only graphic novel because I was never good with words- like making fictional conversations or fictional monologues. I know. I tried it. And I stank at it.

I was always more comfortable with illustrating the story without any dialogue. It's faster since you don't need to add any text or speech bubble. Plus you don't have to worry about typos. :rofl:

Posting this in DA wasn't an option before. I was embarrassed to submit this; but seeing this again after three years, I’m wondering now why I ever thought of it as embarrassing. I must say I'm very happy with this. I need to pat my old self in the back. :)

Well happy viewing and I hope you all like it. :D

Woah! I never expected this comic would go viral. o_o;
Some of my friends and acquaintances have been telling me all day that they were seeing this on 9gag or some other similar site or even on a wall of some friend.
The internet is a powerful force indeed. :XD:

I guess the one thing I regret is that I didn't put a link of my website on my comic. :'( :crying:

Putting that aside, many thanks to all the comments and fav's. Right now this deviation has the most views in my gallery. And I thank you all for that ^__^

I really appreciate the love you all have been giving me. :XD:

EDIT 2: Added my name at last =u=

EDIT 3: A lot of people have been asking me about this so I'm posting it here in my comment box. The animation 'Alight' has no connection whatsoever with my comic. The only similarity we have with each other is that we both have a fire boy and a water girl. That is all. Many thanks~

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geek96boolean10 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting that you didn't get a DD for this but it's super-viral...

It's been a long time but i still love this comic!
IngridTan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^

I know someone inquired about this to DA, and they told me the reason why, but I forget.
But I'm sure it was a valid reason.
geek96boolean10 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guessing its cuz popularity doesn't equal DD?
IngridTan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yea, I guess.
geek96boolean10 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Too bad... you definitely deserve it.
IngridTan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
ItsMapleMan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
It got me started with digital art. My one true love. Hold Close is my favorite of all time!
IngridTan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad my work became an inspiration for you. :)
EvolutionArt52 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I saw this comic so long ago, never knew who made it. I think it's one of the most beautiful stories I've seen and I love it soooo much!!!!
Songorita Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
I love this little comic strip! I love your work can't wait to see more.
stainedglass11 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I'm going to share this :D
totally-not-satan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
TopHatLady Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That... is... so... sweet! I love this! ~ <3 <3
iiRebelA Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I cried in the inside >////<  This is also adorable!!~
juliandkim Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So Dramatic Romantic O///O
Messcat Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015
o.o wow...!!!
shadowalex3000 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
ihaterainfalls Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Oh my God... this is sad, but very beautiful :')
IngridTan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
iluvme4never Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Student Filmographer
Just wanted to say that this comic is awesome.

I worked on the animation that people keep comparing this to but because of the timelines and whatnot, I can tell that these were just coincidentally very similar.  Again, love the comic, have fun making more stuff!
IngridTan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
BlueVortex525 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Inside Out Reaction Icon: Sadness 
wasfight17 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Millania-B Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
it's beautiful
Paint-zuri Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;~; THE FEELS!!!!!!!!
Wicked-and-Whimsy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love it! I found this my google-image searching a pin on Pinterest where the person had specifically said "Whoever made this deserves an award for making awesome things". When I went to follow the link to that pin, Google Chrome warned me that it might be a "suspicious link", and your name/by-line had been edited out. Anyway, just letting you know so that you can report the Pin as your intellectual property if you would like! Just click the flag underneath your image on the right.… 
IngridTan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for telling me. :)
ShadowSwirl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
AwwNight Glider happy cry (plz) 
Delenga Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lumindgard Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O  *-* 
sarahmcgeath Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
you are so talented!!! I just love this, more than words can express!
Oddball-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Student General Artist
The begining reminded me of thi animation on YouTube called "Alight", but the story is really cute and you did a great job :D
IngridTan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ^_^
Ixumy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
I love this little big story. It just doesn't need words. Yesterday an old man says to me and my boyfriend that real love isn't in words, but is in the looks and in the gestures and in little moments of silence, when two lovers just stays togeter hugging, or kissing, or caressing each other.
I think that in this story you managed to grasp this point perfectly.
Hug good work!
IngridTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Actually that's pretty close to what I felt that story is trying to convey, but couldn't point out before. :)
Queenixx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
It's horrible how i gt so emotional over a raindrop and a spark....
keitho2314 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, that was so adorable! <3 :3
SparrowWrightheart Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

This is so cute and sweet.
Krallenpelz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This reminds me of a video on YouTube but it's so sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet 😻🐾
NamineandRoxas1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This reminds me of Finn and Flame princess!:iconjakewiggleplz: 
BrookeH17 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Filmographer
Oh my gosh this is so sweet! Tears of Joy Tears of Joy Tears of Joy 
isasaldanha Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist
this is AMAZING!!! So beautiful, so delicate, just lovely.

Clap Heart 
keishikouen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Right in the feels man, but I gotta ask. Did you make this video? --->…
Jonup Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
it make me cry
sanselfie Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015

to make me cry like this.
Indigolightning Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this on Tumblr before and love everything about it.
sHiKuRo14 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
still brings tears into my eyes...
NostalgiaReader Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Aww, that is so freaking adorable.
NuzGrillCheese Featured By Owner Edited Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist
TT TT <3
CassandraSunshyne Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
I cried during this ♥ lol
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