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 Artists Pay Tribute to Stan Lee November 15 2018


This week, the illustration community lost one of its most recognizable and important figures with the passing of Stan Lee, aged 95. As co-founder of Marvel comics, Lee and his frequent collaborators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko created some of comic’s most iconic superheroes, including Spider-Man, Thor, and Black Panther to name just a few. The extent of Lee’s influence on the world of illustrators is immeasurable, inspiring countless readers to become artists and creators in their own right. The loss was especially felt at Astound, where many of our own artists have paid tribute to the man and his works through fan art over the years. In honor of Stan the Man, we are showing off unique fan art from our illustrators to celebrate his life and enduring legacy, which together show the diverse impact his iconic characters have had on numerous generations.

Darnell Johnson

Darnell’s fluid character design matches the dynamic quality of two of the most recognizable Marvel characters, Black Panther and Spider-Man.

Fermin Solis

Fermin, always whimsical, takes retro inspiration from the original Silver Age design of Thor.

Kat Uno

Kat brings her adorable vision to this take on Iron Man (or should we say Iron Cat). Her cat characters in her full portfolio take inspiration from a range of pop culture icons, including other superheroes.

Pol Cunyat

Pol uses classic inking on this drawing of a cinematic Thor, but with digital color to enhance the electricity. Pol is a DC fan as well, which you can see in his full portfolio.

Ana Djordjevic

Infographic artist Ana Djordjevic assembles the Avengers in a humorous breakdown of their powers.



Astound Artists 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.