I thought it would be hard because I have not done much work in the round. My total experience is painting the old chairs that I have hanging around here.
I expected that my first issue would be the compositional challenge, but it is working on a smooth surface that is throwing me. The bike was professionally (not by me) prepared by a well known local bike painter, who will also do the top coat.
I am working in heavy bodied acrylics which want to slide off the surface. It is taking many coats just to get the base colors on. My brushes aren't helping any, I am sure. I like to work with fairly thick paint on a textured surface with hog bristle brushes so you can see brush strokes. I still want you to see the brush strokes when I am through, but I want a good thick base layer first.
I will take more photos as the work progresses, and I will talk about the compositional decisions that I have made and how I came to them. But for now, I had better get right to it!