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!

Astounding Awards for Marta Alvarez Miguens’s ‘Shark Lady’ June 20 2019

Publishing Featurette

‘Shark Lady’ Illustrated by Astound Artist Marta Alvarez Miguens wins Numerous Awards including the Chickadee Award 2019

Recounting The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, Marta’s work on Shark Lady has clearly struck upon an area of interest! The illustrations bring to life Eugenie’s early years, spending time in Aquariums and Libraries where she learned all there was to learn about Sharks. Eugenie. was known for her research on shark behaviour as well as being a pioneer in the field of scuba diving for research purposes.

The book has won numerous awards including the Chickadee Award and the Beehive award in the informational picturebook category, for which Marta received a special plaque and Chickadee sculpture!

You can see the complete list of awards below!


A Parents Magazine Best Children Book of 2017.
A Mighty Girl Best Book of 2017
2017 Cybils award Finalist  
The 2017 Nerdies: Nonfiction Picture Books
2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes Finalist. 
2018 March Book Madness Picture Book Bracket Finalist. 
Named a 2018 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
2018 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten 
2018 Blue spruce award WINNER.
2018-2019 Chickadee Award WINNER.
2018-2019 Georgia Children´s picturebook award nominee.
2019 Towner Award nominee
2019 Beehive Book Awards WINNER
2019-2020 Beverly Cleary Children´s choice award nominee
One of the Gender Equality Collective’s STEM stars and Best Books of 2019
One of New York Times’s Twelve Books for Feminist Boys and Girls of 2018


Congratulations Marta!


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.