Deviant Art is one of the largest artist communities on the internet. Being that I want to enter an industry where showing off your owrk is a key part Deviant art is a great place to start. To sign up is free and it has features such as setting up your gallery by uploading your work, journals and profiles.
One of the greater things about Deviant Art is that as soon as you upload something it gets copyrighted to your user name. This is a bit awkward as it may get confusing as it's copyrighted to a user name rather than a real one but nonetheless it's a method of getting a quick copyright.
Another great benefit of Deviant art is that it's very much like facebook where in you can chat to other artists, see their work, leave comments. Its very much a great place for artists of all skill levels to communicate easily with each other, and the ability to recieve critism from other artists is a great way to improve your own skills.
Deviant art is also a great way to show your art work as an kind of online portfolio, but it does come without the flash of a personalised website. Deviant Art is a great way to get more exposure and in this industry you need all the exposure you can get.