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 Licensing in 2020! December 10 2019

Astound Agents

The Astound Team Get Together to Discuss 2020!

This December, the US and UK teams met up at the head office in Manhattan to discuss the year ahead and how we can continue to keep providing great illustrations to our clients. One of the ways we’ve been doing this already is by growing our Licensing portfolio across all occasions, to include some exciting new designs from some brand new artists. We’re looking to get out and about this coming year, and our agents will be at the list of shows below showing off our new range of Greeting Card designs! There are always more things that we can and will be attending, so watch this space and hey, maybe ask us to come to a show if you’d like to see us there?

  • February 2nd – 5th – Surtex: Kate and Aurora
  • February 2nd-6th – Spring Fair: Alice and Rhiannon
  • February 8th-9th – SCBWI Winter Conference: TBD (2 US agents)
  • June 2nd-3rd – PG Live: Alice and Rhiannon

We’d love to show you these new designs as well as our artist moodboards, which will give you a sense of what our illustrators can do. Because if you see something you like, we will get it commissioned for you! We’re here to listen to you and your needs.

Looking forward to meeting with you in 2020!


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.