When you work with a magazine for a while you get to know what illustration content will be acceptable to the editor, art director and readers. In other words you get to know your audience.
So Rory Mackenzie's article is emailed to me and he refers to the admiration he has for his father. He was a doctor in the highlands of Scotland and his hobby was restoring beautifull old pieces of furniture found in local auction houses.
Well, I couldn't resist it, the caption came to my head ' Ah, good morning Mrs Mactrusty! I won't keep you long I'm just adjusting Mrs Macgrumpy's drawers.'
Not the most sophisticated of jokes, but nothing wrong with occasional 'Carry on…' sense of humour.
So, I knew it wouldn't be published but I enjoyed experimenting with the illustration style and knowing that Rory and the editorial team and hopefully you out there, would enjoy a giggle.
So the message is 'Get to know your audience!'