Astounding artist representation
Drawn to better

About us

Astound US Inc is a new kind of Artist Representation business based in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, and now with offices in London.

We aim high - to Astound - by being the Agency with the best in contemporary children's book illustration, and both licensing and commercial art from around the world.

We back that up with excellence in every aspect: from the first presentation, to how we project manage, and all the way through to how we invoice.

We Astound by being good at what we do with a snappy, can-do, enthusiastic, talented and creative attitude. And yes, we're not expensive.

All those things that make for an 'astounding' outcome.

Our promise to artists: career advancement with the right clients, regular creative guidance, strong administrative support and on time payment

Drawn to better.

Be drawn to better.

No matter where you are in the world or at whichever stage of your freelance artist career you may be, we're passionate about helping your career be more successful and rewarding by creating the art you love most! We are on your side: we'll give you insider's tips and client feedback for your folio development, and also introduce you directly to leading children's publishing houses, greeting card companies, jigsaw puzzle and game manufacturers, poster and decorative product suppliers (tableware, stationery)… the list goes on!

We're here to discuss the artistic direction you'd like to pursue and make that a reality with you.

Our positive relationships with our artists have made us the most rapidly growing Artist Agency in New York, possibly the USA. Here in the center of the publishing world, we are just a few subway stops away from the biggest brands worldwide, but we don't stay local - our agents travel everywhere to showcase your portfolio (and custom-made promotional materials!), from coast to coast in the USA, to major fairs in Europe: Frankfurt, Bologna, London and beyond.

We spread the word about your talent through personalized mail-outs, regular correspondence with close contacts in the industry, and online campaigns in addition to our state of the art site - all free to you!

Our partnership with Collaborate Agency's highly experienced team of editors and designers means that we can also support you in developing original children's book ideas into full-fledged storybooks and presentations, which we bring to the biggest children's book fairs of the year.

Best of all, we make sure you're paid right on time.

Astound us! If you'd like to learn more and be represented by Astound US, please email with a sampling of your favorite pieces (8-10 .jpgs under 2MB each).

Astound Team!

Alice’s Face Time January 4 2019

Astound Agents

Get to know Astound’s agents with some quality ‘face time’ in our interview series!


We invite you to get to know Astound Agent Alice, one of our London based agents. Find out what led her to Astound and how she spends her time outside of the Astound office!

What led you to Astound?

IMG-6413After my undergraduate degree in English Literature, I felt there was a creative element missing but I couldn’t place it. A year in PR for broadcasting software was enough to tell me I needed to go back to my first love, art. I applied for the Writing MA at The Royal College of Art and while there, found myself getting involved in the world of illustration. I had been looking for a job where I could work one on one with artists and clients, sharing creative skills between individuals and businesses, so when Astound approached me it was the perfect fit!

What do you look for in an illustrator?

Every picture should tell a story. If an illustrator knows how to ignite your imagination, they have potential. Like when a portrait has eyes that seem to follow you around the room, artworks that stick in your mind are what I look for. Sometimes that can be done with really evocative colouring, other times with characters that I’ve never seen before.

Why do you think an illustrator needs an agent?

Agents give illustrators the space to be their messy, creative selves without having to root around their studio for paperwork. There’s no point stifling creative talent with the business end of their work, the artworks should be able to flourish with each deadline.

unnamed-3What do you love about being an agent

Working with artists. It’s their work that inspires me to get the best opportunities for them, and the more time I spend meeting illustrators and clients the better I can be at finding them the right match. It’s also a varied job day to day, being an agent is by no means a normal nine to five and I can’t imagine going back to one.

What about Astound makes it a unique agency?

Boutique agency might sound quaint, but the artists we sign are the most capable, the ones we think deserve to be known in the industry as some of the best. And at Astound, we promote them that way too.

What are some other things you enjoy outside of agenting?

When I can, I make sure to get to gigs and exhibitions, and when I’m too tired from that, I can be found either escaped to the countryside or watching cooking programmes.

What is your dream travel destination currently?IMG-0997

Alaska. I have watched a nature documentary about the state more times than I can remember. I’d like to see whales, bears and sled dogs in action. It’s amazing, there’s even a rainforest!

If you could be any animal or creature for one day what would you be, and why?

Something about being an otter seems pretty great, floating on my back in the water without a care in the world.


Astound Artist Agency Manhattan is a new kind of artist representation based in New York City.  We aim high – to Astound – by being the illustration agency with the best contemporary children’s book illustrators and greeting card designers that the industry has to offer. We connect publishers and artists from around the globe, with our Astound Illustration Agency London offices now open in the UK. Astound US – Drawn to better.