Welcome to conceptart.org forums!
i'm sure you can't wait to dwell in the depths of art,to enjoy the spirit of the community,and most of all -to post. BUT before you dive head-front,here are some general pointers and tips for beginners.
first of all- if you (absolutely) want to introduce yourself (other than by your art),do so here in this thread. while ca.org welcomes every newcomer,it gets abit annoying to sift through 50 "hi i'm new" threads each month. don't be afraid though,we don't bite (generally )
now,if you want to show your art,there are three main options:
if you feel your art is somewhat near this level:
you can go directly to the FINALLY FINISHED section.
if you think you're rather around this level:
the CRITIQUE CENTER is your home.
if in doubt,the safer option is the critique center-the moderators will move your work elsewhere if they deem it worthy.
generally,before posting,don't forget to READ THE RULES. it's bound to save you and us some trouble.
Finally finished rules
Critique center rules
(you'll also find beginners help here,links to tutorials and the like)
the third option is to directly start an online sketchbook(my recommendation for most beginners),where you dump sketches and finished works alike,which makes the SKETCHBOOK SECTION perfect for you.
(again,some rules apply)
edit: and ofcourse there's the SKETCHES SECTION for those of you who want to display works in progress and sketches that you're happy with as they are.
because many people ask how to post pictures,i made this little guide.
also,if you want to have a signature and/or avatar (little pic beside your name),here's how it works:
if you have any more technical questions,head over to the support section and ask.
for questions on art, drawing techniques etc., head over to the art discussion section.
and last but not least,some general pointers:
a great tutorial for starters if you ask me,courtesy of our very own prometheus: http://www.itchstudios.com/psg/art_tut.htm
if you think you've found the ultimate funny video (together with silly kitten pictures and the like ),it's more than welcome in the "cheer me up" thread.
questions and inquiries about video games,movies and music best go into the appropriate section.
if you want to compete against other artists (for fun or otherwise),go to the challenge section.
if you need ideas for new pictures,go either to the daily sketch group ,or the weekly challenges section,aswell as the reference section.
if you need immediate critique,want to rant or be even sillier than here in the lounge,visit the chat.
if you're abit of a camwhore (like me),you can show us your face (beside selfportraits) in this thread.
edit: if you are a girl,there is a secret girls' section. pm davi for access info and more.
DON'T RESURRECT THREADS IN THE LOUNGE THAT ARE OLDER THAN 2 MONTHS! (goes for most other forum subsections too)
Try to behave well,help other artists with your thoughts (most urgently,the critque center) and actions,and show the world your art.
hopefully that answers the most urgent questions,so enjoy your stay and have fun at conceptart.org!