For my entry this year I decided to start a theme of maybe not serious but slightly more 'grown-up' versions of English nursery rhymes. The first rhyme I selected was:
It's raining, it's pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and he bumped his head
And he couldn't get up in the morning
I began working up some quick thumbnails (see below)
The finished sketch helped me decide most of the details in the room so I was then able to start researching suitable furniture that would suit the atmosphere of the painting which then meant the details in the finished pencil (below) were correct. I also took photos of myself posing in bed (it's a hard life) so that all the creases and folds would look natural.
All I have to do now is decide on a colour scheme, maybe something cool in hue. Painting starts today so I'd better make up my mind!