The best way I've found to find friends and such is -be active; comment on other work, talk the forums, etc. -join groups with similar interests & made for networking maybe that will help you. it does take a little time to build up around here, but you'll get there
Thank you so much for the your replies and seeing how I'm new here I haven't dA'd any friends yet so your more than welcome to add me if you so desire.
To TheWitheredRose, I'm inspired the most by music and movies and games, I know that's a pretty genaric answer right ;-p but it's true. I usually do anything I can to try and find hard to find cg animated films, whether it might be a cg short or film or even a really cool flash. When it comes to music I just let my mind wonder (usually into some sort of scifi world) and try to draw something that I deamt up in my head.
Hi, welcome to dA The good part with dA is that everyone to the doodlers to professionals are here so there's a lot of people to gather inspiration from. I have also evolved a lot since I joined here in 2005 and I am sure you will too with your art if you wish to move further than doodling