Shane Rebenschied creates photo-illustrations for commissions including science-fiction and fantasy book covers.

Where did you train, and what did you specialise in?

I studied Illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While there, I tried to take as many computer-related classes as possible.

What’s your favourite tool?

For me, it’s Photoshop. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without it, and it’s the tool that allows me to combine so many different bits of media together.

What techniques to do you use most?

For my commercial work, the technique I use most often involves overlaying textures on top of photo-manipulated compositions. This helps to give the final illustration a more ‘painted’ look, and pulls it away from being entirely photo realistic.

When it comes to personal pieces, I enjoy creating a minimal composition in Photoshop, printing it out and affixing that to a board. I then paint over it with acrylics and oil washes, scan that into my computer and manipulate the original photos back into the painting. This is how Raven King was produced.

What’s your favourite piece you’ve created?

That’s another tough one. If forced to choose, I’d say it’s a tie between Raven King and The Hallowed Ones. I love the effect that the mixing of media brings to Raven King, but I also like the dark, textured treatment that is in The Hallowed Ones.

Which clients have you worked for?

I’ve worked for a wide range of clients, including Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House and Simon & Schuster.

A self-promotional illustration.