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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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Indigolightning Featured By Owner 6 days ago  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
RainyMeadows Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Oh good lord, this is so unbelievably cute...
Kington92 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
wonderful story! Love it!
CeranTheLegend Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  New member
Beautiful Art and Story! I cryed a litle at the end! Go on with your Drawing i would like to see more of it! ;) GJ
ahaldar Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist…

We took inspiration from this wonderful graphic!
XxAwkwardTurtlexX Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Pyro-the-eagle Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aaaaw, so lovely! :lovely: :love: 
AtreJane Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed...I have found this comics in internet on the russian site at all... For 7 months I've been looking for you 
I put you comics in my page..but now at least I can add the source on your page..and make reblog from you! 
ryoxsaku Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Heart Love 
Fxrxhart Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Truncado Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
KyanTheKrazy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
My mom found this comic on a site called FunnyMama and I immediately fell in love, this was brilliantly done :)
Hanacodaiko Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
I remember to stumble over this cute Novel as an animated film on youtube. (No, I'm not talking about "Alight" ^_^) I never ever found it again to show it to a friend. Luckily we have here the Original. :D
However, I wonder what happend to this little film and I wonder who made it... :/
elinnyan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
bravooo !~ [EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon 
TripleC123Ninja Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was scrolling through Tumblr, and this appeared. I cannot tell you how much I cried over this piece. I quickly was overcome with so many emotions, I wanted a happy ending. I started realizing the "ending" and I started to cry. No. This wasn't happening. And then she came back, and slowly drifted away....and the. they met each other again! Good job! Bravo! Time to go DRY MY EYES 'CAUSE SOMEBODY DECIDED TO MAKE MY OTP COME TRUE!

Oh and don't worry, the picture is linked to you in the post.
Peacelover2 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Okay this is the most sweet thing ever
ZefiMankai Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this so much..wanne say, thank you for this <3
TheCrazyLeviathan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Oh my gawd 10/10. Wow what was this, ground breaking beauty is what! I got the feels, like a bowl of feels. I even went back to read it again with some music to match it up and boy did it give me a tear in the eye. This is a better love story than Romeo and Juliet...
Mike sad 

Well now that I got that out
ElenaMegan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist

My tears are streaming down for a flicker of fire and a drop of water. :iconsopsplz:
Bawdywawdy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why being a ghost is awesome.
Christstarrgirl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am crying right now because of it... I recently broke up with my boyfriend and this is making my heart hurt...
Not-Alice Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was one of the cutest things I've ever seenLove 
Invisible-Valkyrie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute, sad and adorable. Very touching. Instant favourite :)
KatiePegasus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cute... The water girl reminds me of bijou from hamtaro, maybe it's the pigtails. Lol idk
BronzetheSling Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sweetest, saddest thing ever!!
KickyClock Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Filmographer
;-; dwaaaaa..
PeachyKirbyLover77 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me cry :')
GriffinCreeperCraft Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I came here from this video ouo…


c: I cri everi tiem there too x3
GriffinCreeperCraft Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The feels

I cri everi tiem

x3 Cute, good job!
Sergio-GDL Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hi Ingrid, do you have any email account where i can write you? i have an important matter to talk with you. 

Thank You!
Abstract-scientist Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! Touching! Amazing. Such a wonderful story!
tiria321 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
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 Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, but no you can't.
tiria321 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
okay, I understand
thanks anyways
34541659 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
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  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  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
ThornsOfTheBook Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
emmanueljmoreno Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
KwaiiGirl Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Photographer
Oh my glob Lovely Shoujo (Pretty Please) [V3] 
AskYukiNagato-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
So utterly brlliant!
cl-em Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I almost cried ;_;
It's so beautiful and sweet TwT
exia-4ever33 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you've done a wonderful job at this :) it's a sad but touching , you did well! ;D

i shall be following you from now on~ ^O^ keep up the good work~!
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