I know you advocate the internet as a place for self publicity. what websites would you say are the best for "getting your work out there?"
You’re on it.
Tumblr is by far the best platform for sharing artwork/imagery.
For those who don’t have a name yet, there are tons of art submission blogs with large followings who will help push out promising art onto the masses. I also recommend having a facebook and twitter. Twitter isn’t great for sharing artwork at all, but I like having one because it serves as my place for venting ideas and things that interest me that aren’t necessarily art related so that I don’t bother the people nice enough to follow my facebook or tumblr purely for my artwork and/or artsy thoughts. Facebook is largely a light-hearted but professional environment for me, tumblr is looser, I talk to more people, share a little more of a look inside at the artsiness of it all, and then twitter gets bits and pieces of the content I push out on the former sites as well as my thoughts on things I find interesting with tweets about technology, pop-culture, TV, and all sorts of randomness in between.
Some people like places like DeviantArt and from what I know, they’ve got vibrant communities, some great resources, and valuable advice. Personally, I don’t use places like that, not because I dislike them, but because the things I make, I make for everyone — not just those who actively enjoy creating. Artists can get kinda… circle-jerky sometimes and I find I value the opinions of the hive-mind more than the artistic community. They haven’t learned all of the bullshit art vocabulary we use to candy-coat things amongst ourselves and thus are generally more blunt and honest with constructive criticism.