So then what was all that talk about conveying messages and emotion? Conveying them to whom?My friend, why, why why.. would you want to impress the layman? Drawing.. the creation of art, the privilege of self expression, is for you, and no one else.
I understand that you're probably making a distinction between 'expressing' (to others) and 'impressing', but it's not exactly coming across like that. Besides, I don't think there's too much wrong in wanting an occassional thumbs-up for a piece that you're pleased with or proud of.
Especially if you're trying to flog it.