Interview with Creative Retoucher Marcus Byrne

Interview with Creative Retoucher Marcus Byrne

What are your projects for 2015?

I am working on a 3D visual with a music icon theme which I will re-visit again soon and I hope to develop the School of Thought brand as it continues to evolve.
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Aside from profits, what else do you get from your work?

I get great satisfaction from seeing an idea through from concept to being published. I also enjoy writing Photoshop tutorials and sharing knowledge in the design space.

Is there any artwork of yours that you are most proud of? Why?

Yeah I have a few projects that I can think of. VIDEO: When travelling through India, I had an idea for a music video for one of my favourite artists, guitar legend Preston Reed. The track was Night Ride. I captured footage while travelling on the trains through rural India. When I returned about four months later, I finished editing the video and sent it to Preston. He loved it so much that he decided to use it as an official video. It nearly didn’t happen, at one stage during the trip, my bag containing all the Digital Video Tapes were nearly destroyed from falling off a boat into a dirty river. I was lucky. Preston was thrilled with the video and asked me to create another vid for his track Tractor Pull. I shot him live in a small bar in Dublin while I was back visiting family. He is based in Scotland so he flew over for a few days. It was a huge honour and a privilege to get to work with such a talented musician. Links here
3D TYPE: After a photography journey took me to some awesome places throughout South America, S.E. Asia and India, I had the idea to create type that interacts with the location. I shot each scene with perspective in mind. I used Cinema 4D to create the type and match the angle for each scene. The type needed to feel integrated within the surroundings. I used Photoshop to grade and finish the textures. The project received some traction which led to a Cover Art feature and 4 page tutorial for Advanced Photoshop Magazine based in the UK. I have since had the pleasure of writing numerous Photoshop tutorials for advanced users and also for their sister publication, Photoshop Creative which is aimed at beginners.

What message can you give to every young designer who are starting on their journey now?

Have patience but be persistent, travel as much as you can, have an open mind and get immersed in the unfamiliar, take heaps of photos, enjoy nature and learn to play a musical instrument.

More about Marcus Byrne

Marcus is now settled in Melbourne where he heads up the design studio for George Patterson Y&R. He was recently a guest writer for Lost at E Minor posting various creative findings. You can find more of his works on his Behance profile and website.

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