Round up time:
gmask – Yes, there are many basic skills and tricks that can be applied to any image to improve it’s impact no matter what the content of the image is – character based, abstract, technical or environment. Certainly there is always the underlying story that the image is meant to convey – “why the heck was this image made to begin with? … does it achieve those goals?” Just making people focus on that alone will often improve wheir work.
Arwooki – Yes, emotions are hard. Soon I will add a bit of a challenge here to see who can portray a single word like bliss, impatience, annoyance, disgust, amusment, coy, sly, betrayal, pious, pouting, etc… Not easy at all! BUt of you don’t know what you are trying to achieve then you will never get there – and there are ways (and reference material) to achieve these things.
imphead – right on … there is a lot that can be taught. Both on the analysis and creative side. This has nothing to do with personal style. It’s all about building on the natural talent you already have.