Joel Cockrell

Joel Cockrell – Designer

Middle Grade Book Cover and children's illustrator with over 7 years of experience specializing in book covers, picture books, and more!


I have over 10 years of professional experience illustrating and designing. I have been published both nationally in the US and internationally. I love to create Middle Grade book covers, children book illustrations, magazine illustrations, and more! My style is whimsical, fun-loving, and warm. I can illustrate a wide range of subject matters including, but not limited to, kids, animals, nature, historical fiction, sci-fl, and more.

I always meet my deadlines, and I work hard to understand your project goals before starting. I love to see your ideas come to life!

Children’s Non-Fiction
Christian Fiction Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books Young Adult Fantasy
  • Adobe Academic Award
  • Adobe Academic Award in Character Design

Work experience


May, 2013 — Present

Freelance illustrator for a wide range of publication related media (picture books, YA novels, cover designs, magazines, etc.).

My most recent project was a YA novel entitled "Becoming Lottie Moon," a coming of age novel about the missionary girl Lottie Moon. It was recently published on Amazon, and is doing well.
I also have illustrated for the UK magazine "Storytime" for their august issue.

On Amazon, you can find two recent children's books entitled "Adventure Ted" created for the childhood cancer society. The first book has nearly 200 5-star reviews!


Apr, 2022 — Present

Full-time illustrator and designer for Awana curriculum. I have illustrated various collateral for their kids curriculum (coloring pages, vector artwork, etc.).

Source of Light

Jun, 2019 — Dec, 2022 (over 3 years)

I was the sole designer and illustrator for a quarterly print publication with over 50,000 readers world-wide. It was a 32 page publication mailed out to readers, and listed online as well.

Joel has 1 review





jon H.

jon H.

Mar, 2024

Joel did an amazing job. He took my rather confusing and disorganized ideas for a cover and made something great, dynamic and exciting. He is a wonderful artist. He was very responsive and gave ample opportunity for feedback and revisions so that my vision could be achieved. I would love to work with him again. Jon
Joel C.
Thank you so much Jon! You were a dream client to work with. I had a blast working on this project with you, and I hope we can work together again soon!

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