Last month in the Cartooning Club, I handed out a sheet full of freebies on the internet to help an aspiring comic artist get equipped (better) for the 21st century. I am always keeping an eye out for things, seeing what professionals and hobbyists in the industry are trying out or recommending, and then giving these things a try myself. Below, you will find plenty of things to look for. Just type the name into a search bar and you will find it easily. I promise.
You can go out and spend hundreds of dollars on software, scanners, Wacom pads, tablets, drafting desks and on and on. And of course many of these things are the industry standards, meaning they are used by the overwhelming majority of the pencilers, inkers, letters, colorists, editors and writers out there. But if your bank account looks like a picture of a doughnut (I'll give you slower people a moment to let that one come to you....) there are options to fit your budget out there!
Another way to get input on your work and interests is to put your work up on an art gallery. Some of the best ones I have found that involve zero cost are:
The rest of the best-
Art-3000. Not quite as much "community" to it as Deviant Art, but you can still put a ton of pictures on your gallery.
ComicArtCommissions and ComicArtFans. Both of these sites have lots of professional artists on them. The free sites are very limited in what they provide, but you can always go back and re-edit your page to keep it fresh. The benefit is you gain contact with a bunch of people who do this for a living every day!
Of course, you need to have some artwork to show and that means getting the tools you need. Assuming you have a computer you can do art on, there is plenty of freeware and other tools to put on your computer. It may not be Photoshop or Manga Studio, but it is free and it is a great starting point!
Another great template site for helping you design, plan and organize your work is ComicBookGraphicDesign, which includes word balloons, sketchcard sheets, videos on how-to, and a glossary of comics and art terms.