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!

Jumping off the Page: 10 Alternative Uses for Illustration May 4 2018

Top 10

Astound showcases a variety of uses for children’s illustration!


Our #AstoundingArtists are well known for illustrating award winning books, mastering every format from picture books to graphic novels. But books aren’t the only thing that these multi talented illustrators can bring to life! This week, as spring has officially sprung, we’re jumping off the page and exploring alternative applications for illustration. Our artists have collaborated with a wide range of companies to produce toys, ceramics, textiles and more! Check out our top 10 picks of #Astound illustrated products and let us know your favourites on Twitter @astound_us.


Shelley Brant

We’re gently easing our way off the page with these colourful book marks, designed by new signing Shelley Brant. Her playful characters are perfectly paired with her book loving puns.

Anna Abramskaya

We are in love with Anna’s nursery interiors range for Mouse + Magpie. From blankets to lamp shades, Anna’s woodland animals are an adorable addition to any child’s bedroom.

Marie Novion

Marie’s traditional style translates easily from books to toys. We’re head over heels for Marie’s range of screen printed toys, designed for exhibition at Colomiers BD Festival.

Sara Lynn

Sara’s talents were put to fantastic use on these fun wipe-clean placemats with reusable stickers, keeping kids entertained and educated throughout dinner. What a genius use of illustration!

Kelly Breemer

Springing off the page and bursting out the door, there is no containing Kelly Breemer’s creativity. Inspired by Biesbosch National Park, Kelly’s limited colour palette mural looks wonderful on the walls of Stayokay Dordrecht.

Ana Sanfelippo

Ana takes a break from picture books with this stylish range of children’s cushions created for design studio  La Maraña Estampas. Her sweet, simple characters are great for both toys and interiors.

Hazel Quintanilla

Why have a boring bathroom? Hazel has also collaborated with the fantastic Mouse + Magpie to produce this lively nautical shower curtain, also available as a print!

Sally Elford

Sally’s bold, decorative style is ideal for homeware and ceramics. These elegant winter fox mugs are a unique addition to any kitchen cupboard.

Hilli Kushnir

As well as beautiful board books, Hilli has designed a variety of stylish children’s games. Her use of simple shapes and complimentary colours make this Mud Puppy puzzle one that you want to hide away in the toy box.

Junissa Bianda

Junissa has designed this sweet range of ‘prehi-story time’ back to school products. From backpacks to pencils, Junissa has a fantastic eye for how to adapt her illustrations to any product.


If you’re designing an exciting new product that you want to stand out from the crowd, our #AstoundingArtists are on hand to take it to the next level. Don’t hesitate to get in touch at




Astound Illustration Agency Manhattan is a new kind of artist representation with offices in New York and London.  We aim high – to Astound – by being the illustration agency with the best contemporary children’s book illustrators and greeting card designers from around the world. As an international illustration agency we represent over 130 astounding freelance children’s illustrators, offering the perfect style for whatever your next project may be. Astound US – Drawn to better.