The Universe in a Book...Cover

a journey through my imagination

Who Am I?

Meet the girl behind ikaruna

My Background

While there are many things to be said about careers and skills, one in particular stands out for me as the most important thing: I love art. I always have, and always will.

Because I have always been a huge sci-fi, fantasy and horror nerd, it came as no surprise that these were the things I loved to draw most.

There's nothing more satisfying than creating a weird creature or character, than bringing to life some old forgotten Norse god or strange faerie, or designing a lonely cyborg about to become sentient. I absolutely love drawing characters and concept art, and creating new worlds!
Having read hundreds of fantasy and sci-fi books, I easily imagine what needs to be done for a cover and often get high praises for being spot on. Being also an avid videogamer I have a vast knowledge and reservoir of game lore that has often proved to be a great resource in the LitRPG genre.

thea

IKARUNA, AKA THEA IN THE REAL WORLD, IS A 37 YEAR OLD ILLUSTRATOR ARTIST AND MASTER MONSTER MAKER.

My Journey

My artistic journey has taken me from years of drawing with pen and charcoal as a youngster, towards a more digital world of using graphics tablets and computer programs. But whether I am painting on canvas, drawing on my tablet or sculpting in my garden, there's nothing more fulfilling than bringing my inner universe and creatures to life.

As an avid reader of sci-fi/fantasy and a passionate videogamer, I spend my days immersed in strange and enchanting universes that eventually inspire me to create wonderful and sometimes terrifying creatures.

When I'm not drawing I'm spending my time with my husband, enjoying the company of our 3 cats and 2 dogs currently bringing joy into our house, or taking long walks in the mountains and the woods. If it's rainy, I'll probably spend all day with a good horror book or in front of the playstation. If the days are beautiful I'll be riding my motorcycle or shoot my bow 🙂

I was very impressed with the level of professionalism she had. She answered all my questions and even went above and clarified it in terms that I understood. I would highly recommend her services. I am going to be using her for the artwork on my second novel. Thanks again for everything you've done.
John Abker
January 8, 2021
Thea was an absolute joy to work with. She exceeded all my expectations and delivered me the book cover of my dreams. Her attention to detail is incredible. She's added so many little touches to it, which I would never have even thought of, to create a book cover which feels alive. She's very lovely to talk to, and listened to my input, she kept going until I was completely happy with the final product. I couldn't ask for a better artist, and I'm already looking forward to working with her again.
Jodie de-Lancey
December 18, 2020
Thea is the epitome of professionalism. In fact, the only thing I can think of that overshadows her prompt responses and well-informed questions is her masterful ability to craft a vivid, eye-catching image from this author's often disparate ideas. She's amazing, teasing out details and nailing striking imagery that grabs a reader by their optic nerves and doesn't let go. If you have the chance to work with her, don't pass it up!
Matthew Siege
October 14, 2020
I don't know what else to say to say except that Thea is the most talented, creative and imaginative artist I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I cannot give enough praise to do her work justice. I loved every moment of our collaboration and I can't wait to finish my second novel so we can work together again! If you're considering hiring an artist for anything, Thea's name should be the first on your list. In Bold. Underlining might help, too.
Dan O'Shea
September 30, 2020

My Specialties

Science Fiction & Fantasy
By far the area I am most specialized in, I find great pleasure in drawing and illustrating mighty battle scenes, epic starships or mysterious alien creatures.
Creatures & Characters
Oftentimes I am asked to create or define a character for a book cover, and there's no shortage of ideas for that - mysterious villains, strong heroes or enchanting sorceresses go hand in hand with otherworldly monsters or mythical beasts.
Cyberpunk & Biomecha
One of my favorite artists and biggest artistic influences was H.R. Giger, so as a kid growing up drawing Alien, I was bound to develop a taste for the fascinating, sometimes disturbing world of machines, alien AIs and human hybrids.
Horror and Dark Arts
Monsters, dark gods and disturbing demons are my best friends! I've always found that dismissing the dark side of art is doing it a great disservice, so I am constantly creating new creatures to try and convince people of this simple truth: you can be friends with the monster under your bed!

Book Covers

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ikaruna's Book Covers for Book Lovers

The book covers you'll find here are a labor of love – countless hours of research and design, days spent in the library reading and dreaming wide awake, endless moments spent drawing either on a tablet or on canvas. Let's take a walk together through enchanted forests and abandoned spaceships, and bring to life our inner universes!