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!

Astound Agent’s Favourites from 2019 December 6 2019

Astound Agents

The 5 Astound Agents Each Pick Their Favourite Illustrations from 2019!

As the year winds down, we wanted to reflect on all the hard work our artists have done this year. There have been some amazing projects that have been so exciting to work on, none of which would be possible without our Astounding Artists. Inevitably though, there are always those images that stick in the hearts of our agents. So we’ve put together our Top 10 illustrations from 2019!



Screenshot 2019-12-03 at 17.32.02Geneva Bowers – This unusual character interaction, paired with the interesting setting really stands out to me and I think catches the attention of so many people.

Sumi Collina – The way Sumi deals with lighting and underwater depth is really effective and brings so much emotion to the scene.



Screen Shot 2019-11-19 at 12.22.23 PMBao Luu – Bao Luu created this personal piece on the advice of an art director to take his use of texture and lighting from whimsical fantasy pieces and make something down to earth. The resulting calm scene is as soothing as it is lovely to me.

Teresa Martinez – I think this piece really draws on Teresa’s heritage, and pushed her into the realm of picture books that she is now so successful in producing!


IMG-6413Chiara Fedele – The colours in this piece are so perfectly luscious – that blend of cool and warm tones is just electrifying! Chiara has also done a fantastic job of adding a flow to the piece, I absolutely love it.

Elena Bia – I worked on this piece for our Wimbledon blog series and I love the light and intricacy of the details Elena has brought to the piece.



Screenshot 2019-12-03 at 17.32.13Alisha Monnin – I love how it looks like light is coming in through a window and how it picks up the metallic, golden effects of the chart. Beautiful shadows!

Jake Souva – The colours here are so great and I really feel Jake has captured a little boy’s imagination perfectly.




IMG-20191124-WA0024M. Kawashima – We worked on this one together in development and I just love the cosy, wrapped up feeling of being by a fire under the night sky. I also love the sgraffito effect on the trees.

Marcin Piwowarski – One of my first blog pieces at Astound was on the Pantone’s Colour of the Year and I love the moonlit feeling in this illustration.




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.