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 Reviews from Astounding Clients March 27 2018

What Clients and Artists Say about Astound

Reviews of Astound

Client satisfaction is extremely important to all of us here at Astound. Take a look at what our clients are saying about us in their reviews below!

“Astound has proven to be one of Publishing’s top illustration agencies to work with. Their level of knowledge and professionalism is unmatched and the work produced by their artists is nothing short of astounding.  We feel fortunate to have had so many opportunities to work with this agency and look forward to collaborating with their wonderful team for many more seasons to come!” – Laura Mitchell | Art Director | ABDO

“We’ve been able to maintain a good relationship with you and the Astound team (and your artists) over the years and we look forward to more collaborations.”Jen Lum Senior Art Buyer | Learning A-Z

“Astound has a fantastic selection of artists and Rachel has been incredibly helpful sourcing the right artists for us. It was a pleasure to work with Hazel.” – Amy Wright | Harper Collins UK

“It would be fantastic to work with both of you again. It was such a pleasure collaborating last time, we couldn’t have asked for a better illustrator!”Moya Mauthoor | NELSON Australia

“Alessia Trunfio is an incredible talent and a true pleasure to work with. I’m always on the lookout for a new project for her!”Chloe Foglia | Simon and Schuster

“It was a real pleasure to work with Chelen, she was professional, took feedback really well, was very quick, and most of all, really talented! It was easy working with you all from start to finish.” – Jonny Leighton | Buster Books

“Valentina does a terrific job of taking a specific list of mandates and creating an emotive work that maintains the sometimes-elusive appearance that it was effortless.” – Jade Novak | Art Director Pockets Magazine

“​It ​has certainly been a pleasure to work with Kat and we are so thrilled with the results. I have high hopes that we’ll be able to continue working together!​”​ – Kimberley Faria | Senior Designer Pat-a-Cake

On Khoa Le:​ “​I just want to say how great it has been to work with you. Not only was the artwork you created stunningly beautiful, but you met all the dates and easy to work with.” – ​Anna Madin | Designer – Children’s Publishing | Parragon Books Ltd

​”​Thanks for all your help throughout this project as well; it’s really appreciated and has been instrumental in bringing the book together, and I’m already looking forward to working on Robert the Bruce with you and Teresa​.​”​ – Richard Wainman | Designer | Floris Books

“I love every opportunity I have to collaborate with Astound on book projects. They have an incredibly talented pool of artists who not only deliver brilliant work, but are wonderful people to work with as well. They truly make our projects shine!”Ashley Schrock | Creative Director | Barbour Books

​”Alison is flexible, a fantastic communicator, and represents some brilliant artists.​”Danielle Bylund | Wise Ink Creative Publishing


“Wisdom House Books began working with Astound and their artists when we began publishing children’s books, and I can say that Astound has been flawless to work with. The artists are incredibly professional, and the agents manage the projects diligently. They are all absolutely delightful in disposition, as well!”- Clara Jackson | Wisdom House Books


Check out the above mentioned artists here:

Khoa Le

Alessia Trunfio

Chiara Fedele

Claudia Tenoria 

Mike McCarthy

Katie Wood

Hilli Kushnir

Chelen Ecija

Yee Von Chan

Stella Koh

Hazel Quintanilla

Kelly Breemer

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.