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April 25, 2012
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Hold Close by IngridTan Hold Close by IngridTan
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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Abstract-scientist Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! Touching! Amazing. Such a wonderful story!
tiria321 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
this is so amazing and beautiful
I was wondering, can I get your permission to organize a visual novel using Ren'py if I ever finished it?
IngridTan Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, but no you can't.
tiria321 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
okay, I understand
thanks anyways
34541659 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  New member
Dear Ingrid, I just thought you should know I was listening to the radio and a boy here in Argentina had a tale published on a book claiming it his. I recognised it immediately. It is THIS STORY that has been plagiarised, and it also made him WIN a contest!!!!! I think you should take actions against this.. the name of the kid is Vittorio Cittá Giordano, his story is called "Fuego y Agua" (Fire and Water) and this is in the city of Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina. It was a contest organised by the local government!
ItsArtemec Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  New member Student Artist
Llama Emoji-15 (Sniff) [V1] *sniff* *sniff*
Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] GOTTA HOLD DEM...
Pikachu Crying Plz NO, DON'T CRY...
Pikachu Crying Plz MUST... HOLD.. THE FEELS...

*whole place floods*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Pikachu crying plz ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                                        (oh    ^   god)
jezreelian10 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is so sweet  :D
kingninja42 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Writer
So beautiful TT^TT
Phantom717 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
whoaa, you should be proud of this! Clap 
IngridTan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I am :) Thanks :D
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