if you make a DA before you're a professional you're doomed to never progress. too much cocksucking, and it's foolish to think you can depend on better artists to give you advice.
just my experience.
Cocksucking? What web site did you end up on?
Seriously, it depends of if your the type of artist that is inspired by or beaten down by someone elses 'better' or more skilled work. I'm the former. I love art and fellow artists in all their peculiarities, humbleness, or arrogance. Advice on art is always subjective, so unless it's technical advice you seek, DA is best used for feedback, meta data analytics, and inspiration.
Yeah, I'd rather just stay away from art communities. I'm going to an academy of fine arts right now to develope my skills further, so that's my community right there. Besides, I think most of the stuff on there is digital work. I'm more about traditional painstaking work.
(Sorry if I'm sounding like a prissy bitch...really not what I'm trying to go for here)
There is tons of traditional art on display on DA. If the ratio of digital to traditional is tipped towards digital it's because of the digital age we live in. It's essential to get your work seen if you want to make a living at it this day and age. Unfortunately there is the copyright/stealing issue that's inherent in any and all online galleries. (Not just DA which combats this with a watermark option that I'm not all that fond of.)
Your work is great. And I agree with others that you should venture out of this small town of AVPG and wade out into the larger gulf that is DA or some other passage way to the larger ocean of creative spirits that are out there right now waiting for you to join them in the ether!