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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 contact@astound.us with a sampling of your favorite pieces (8-10 .jpgs under 2MB each).

Astound Team!


Astound’s Original Illustrators April 13 2018

What Clients and Artists Say about Astound

This month marks our Four Year Anniversary we are celebrating our 20 original illustrators who are still with us, working hard, and still #Astounding as ever!

They are always on the hunt for their new favorite project, developing and keeping their styles up with the current trends, creating trends, and pleasing their clients with their excellent work and wonderful personalities! Please take a scroll through our 20 #AstoundingArtists who helped form the success of Astound today!

Below they answer the questions:

  • What have you most enjoyed about working with Astound over the past four years? 
  • What makes you a great illustrator to work with professionally?
  • Would you recommend Astound to another artist? (A resounding yes!)
  • What sort of project would you like to do next? (People are up for anything, but maybe you have a project that offers them their next dream illustration job!)

Illustrators

Lissy Marlin(Philadelphia, PA)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far?
    I think my favorite experience so far has been having an agent (or group of agents) that have your back at all times. They really become your friends and sometimes even your right hands when you need their support and I really think they are the reason I’m still here.
  2. What makes you a great illustrator to work with?
    I love characters, I love color, I love whimsy and I love adding a bit of magic to everything I do.
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators?
    I do! It is a great learning experience. All the agents really take their time to help you and explain things you do not understand. I feel I’ve learned a lot from the publishing world just by asking questions at every turn. They also make sure you get the best deals and represent you in front of some top-notch clients. I can’t thank them enough for all the opportunities they’ve given me.
  4. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)?
    I would like to challenge myself and write my own picture books, perhaps even a graphic novel!

Laura Horton (Helsinki, Finland)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far?So far I’ve really loved working with Astound agents on children’s book projects. But I think my favorite experience was when I received a big sample box of books and cards that I had done. It felt amazing to see all that work in print!
  2. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I’m a pretty adaptable artist, with an eye for color and detail. I also love to embellish my work as much as I can. I’m also very prompt with sketches and adjustments to the feedback my clients give me.
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? Yes! The agents at Astound are friendly, professional and they work hard for their illustrators. Astound really helped me break into the illustration industry, so I think that any illustrator would be very happy being represented by Astound.
  4. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? I love working on books and covers, so another one of those would be lovely. I also like the idea of working on the illustrations for a board or card game as well.

Nadia Ronquillo (Ecuador)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? First of all I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already. It’s seems just like yesterday I was given my first assignment. Overall it’s been such an enriching experience, and it feels so great and humbling to see how far we’ve all come. I feel so lucky to be able to live from doing what I like the most. One of my favorite experiences was Leap by Flowerpot Press but I’ve held dearly every single project and opportunity that I’ve been given.
  1. What are your selling points? What makes you a great illustrator to work with? Every project for me is a collaboration between the art director and illustrator. I’m always open and eager to hear suggestions and even corrections to elevate the level of the project.
  1. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? Sure, I truly believe in Astound and their ability to be great communicators and spokespeople for your work. Anyone would be lucky to have the team representing and giving them great feedback to take their artwork and portfolios one step further.
  1. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? I’ve been taking picturebooks and storytelling classes lately so I’m looking to develop my own ideas more and hopefully soon be able to write and illustrate.

Santy Gutierrez (Spain)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? I’ve never stopped working since I joined, and every project was different and attractive. The relationship with the all the agents I have worked with is excellent.
  2. What are your selling points? What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I am very fast at drawing, my characters have strength and personality, my work is full of humor, and my drawings are enjoyable to look at. But more than my artistic skills I am very versatile and the clients think I’m professional, easy to work with, and adapts the style of the work to the client’s needs.
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? Yes, sure! For all the reasons I’ve mentioned before.
  4. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? I always love to do my own versions of the classics. Books with great adventures, full of humor, and mythical main characters are waiting for my drawings.

Francesca Resta (London, England)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far?
    I loved meeting my agents during these years, twice in London and once in New York. It’s important to me to meet face to face and I’m glad they take the time meet us artists, associating a face and a voice to the emails I receive really helps to better understand each other.
  2. What makes you a great illustrator to work with?
    I like to think I’m easy to work with, I’m good at following direction and precise with the deadlines, and I’m always striving to paint my best work!
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? 
    Yes, I actually did that more than once. I don’t think everybody needs an agent: if you are very good at self-promoting and getting your name on the right tables, if chasing people for payment and try to get a rightful compensation for your work don’t bother you, you can probably be your own agent. But personally, I like that my plan for getting more work is “getting better at my art” and then send what I do to Emily and she’ll find the right publishers to show them to! Astound gave me the possibility to work with dream clients and I’ve always had the impression that publishers have a good opinion of the agency, so I recommend it.
  4. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)?
    More book covers! Book covers are what made me fall in love with illustration as a teen and are still my favorite kind of job, for I love books and reading.

Chiara Fedele (Italy)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? My favorite experience is always when I have a very good feeling with the client and I can explain myself. The experience of been supported by my agents is also a wonderful experience.
  1. What are your selling points? What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I try to be polite and professional with deadlines and dialogue with the clients.I always try to give an artistic value on my work even for the schoolbooks.
  1. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? I do and I did actually.
  2. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? I would like to work again in a project where I can play with illustrations and go inside the meaning of a writing as I did with A fall ball for all. I also like when I have long time to do that. Specially in the first part of the work.

Giusi Capizzi (Italy)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? I’ll never forget the warmth and kindness of my contacts in agency when I had a bad time a few years ago.
  2. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I’m professional. I work with passion and I don’t forget the customer’s wishes.
  1. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? Yes, because it is a serious agency with young and kind people.
  2. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? I would like to illustrate food, recipes, and everything about cooking.

Hazel Quintanilla (Guatemala)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? I still remember the feeling when I got my first project! It was so incredible. I still get all excited when new projects come. I love to get emails with new projects, requests to making cards etc.
  2. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I think my strengths are that I have many styles, I work fast, and have a good sense of color.
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? Absolutely! I think all agents really dedicate to develop your portfolio as an illustrator and find the coolest projects to push your limits and help you grow. I love been part of Astound!!
  1. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? One of my dreams is to work permanently with Disney or Nickelodeon; I really love their young and baby division. As a project I would like to have a book of my own and become an author-illustrator.

Alice Brereton  (Minneapolis, MN)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? I really enjoyed meeting Aurora in NYC and Alison in Minneapolis!
  1. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I get my work in on time, I try my darndest, and I value the project I am working on.
  1. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? If you have oodles of contacts in the book business or love researching and mailing and chasing down clients for money (as well as a bunch of other things) maybe an agent isn’t for you. But I’m not that cool, I want to make beautiful art and panic about perspective without the extra hassle of peddling myself.
  1. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? Something with bones and ghosts. A story that is spooky that uses all the black ink in the printers!

Lisa Manuzak-Wiley  (California, USA)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? My favorite experience has been actually seeing something I worked on in a bookstore. It’s surreal and amazing and I couldn’t have done it without Astound!
  1. What are your selling points? What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I think for me, flexibility is key. Having worked as both an independent artist and in a studio setting (in the video game industry), being flexible and “go with the flow” is really important – you never know how things are going to change or what strange thing could befall you or your client! I always try to keep a positive attitude and be quick on my feet!
  1. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? I would, and I have! I have a lot of artist friends who frequently ask about what it’s like to have an agent and I can’t recommend it enough. Especially with Astound, they care about their artists and are so helpful with the business side of things, that it leaves me free to be an artist and do what I’m good at! I feel like Astound has my back and really wants the best for everyone involved. You can tell they’re passionate – just like their artists.
  1. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? It’s my dream to write and illustrate my own children’s book (or series)! I have so many stories rolling around in my head, I need to get them all out! I’d also love to branch into doing covers for YA novels – I am a huge fan and reader of YA books!

Alex Lopez(Spain)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? Probably working for such clients as Sports Illustrated. I could never imagine to work on so many illustration books for them.
  1. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? First of all, I think I have a funny and energic cartoon style, a great style to work in childrens and teen illustration projects. I’m a really hardworker, I have a lot of experience working in many different styles, and have worked on projects for publishers in several countries. And I love my job !
  1. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? Yes, in fact some friends are already represented by Astound. For me it’s been many many years visiting editors, preparing projects, and trying to promote my job. All this kept me away from my studio and didn’t allow me to do what I love the most: draw! Being represented by Astound allows me to focus on my job and produce better work, and be happier.
  1. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? I’ve already worked on many cool projects. Terror and science-fiction, are probably my favorites subjects to draw, what about a new one about Pirates?

Mariano Epelbaum (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? I like when projects are getting better, when challenge you to be a better artist, improving your skills.
  2. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I think I am versatile working on different styles. I can draw fast and characters very expressive.
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? Of Course, I have already done it. Because it is a great experience, projects could be so different and it is always interesting to work on new projects.
  4. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? I would love to illustrate a full color album, a children book, with funny animals or fantasy characters for little children.

Marie-Noelle Horvath (Paris, France)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? What I appreciate is to work with different countries like Korea with Samsung Publishing but also with brands like Mark & Spencer.
  2. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? As long as the brief is clear, I can be quite efficient and fast (especially if it’s a project with animals)!
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators?  For my part, I have been able to work a lot with the agency these last years and I think that with all these experiences, I learned a lot about my way of working, about what I wanted or not in my job, I also learned to be effective and the more we draw, the better we draw! So thanks Astound!!
  4. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? Oh, I have so many But maybe stationery and textile ( patterns, cot books… )

Marta Alvarez Miguens (Spain)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? I like being represented by Astound. I feel very motivated by having an agent who works with me to enhance my career as an illustrator.
  2. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I am the kind of person that is easy to work with. I am kind and very punctual with the deadlines. Being professional is something very important to me. I always want the clients be happy with the final art.
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? Yes, I´m happy because I´m always working. The jobs offers are very regular and give me stability in this uncertain profession.
  4. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? A classic fairytale.

Matthew Forsyth(New Zealand)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? Firstly, to be accepted as an illustrator to the agency and secondly having a client wanting to do repeat business with me – which is the best way to know they liked your former work!
  1. What are your selling points? What makes you a great illustrator to work with? Before I became an illustrator I was a project manager for Business Banking processes and learnt to work with clients and understand their needs, as well as planning projects, meeting milestones and deadlines. I also treat every illustration assignment and a chance to improve my skills and portfolio.
  1. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? I would, all most illustrators want to do is draw, so its great to have work coming in without having to look for it.
  1. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? Anything with epic fantasy would be great!

Carles Ballesteros (Santiago de Chile)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? I like the involvement that the members of the agency have. They are always open to any question or help. It’s easy to work with them.
  1. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I have a great time in this industry, drawing is what I love. I always give my best in every illustration. I think I understand what the client’s needs and am always open to hear suggestions.
  1. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? Yes, for their seriousness and professionalism in the work they do.
  2. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? I would like to start making illustrations in other types of formats than just books; like clothes, toys.

Nina de Polonia (Brisbaine, Australia)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? When Astound asked me to do an Instagram takeover. I love sharing art on instagram because the community is so encouraging and inspiring. I enjoyed the chance to show more of my art, and my process.
  2. What are your selling points? What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I can work with a lot of painting styles and I can work really fast when needed.
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators?  Yes! I love working with the agents! Everyone’s nice and helpful. The agency is constantly improving and adding better resources for its artists. I think they take care of their artists really well.
  4. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)?  I would love to do more picture books for younger kids and I’d also like to try editorial illustrations.

Cinzia Battistel (Italy)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? Work with a very pleasant group, available if you have a problem, and organized to imagine new beautiful projects for me.
  2. What makes you a great illustrator to work with? I have enough experience with color, which is my passion, and which makes an image suggestive. I was the head backgrounds of many Italian animations films, I worked with many creators ,and art director(including my husband!) and this made me improve.
  3. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? We understand that they are very dynamic, the market is wide,  I believe that they stand out.
  4. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)? I would like to paint landscapes and cities, and cultures of the world.

Srimalie Bassani (Mantua, Italy)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? It is great working on different types of projects, especially with a personalized book project.
  1.  What makes you great to work with? When I accept to work on a project, it’s really important to me have the timeline for working better and make high quality illustrations. I also am good at accepting the suggestions and advice from the Publisher on the project. That’s the base to start a good collaboration.
  2. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? I will, because it’s a good step to start and develop yourself in this creative industry. I always felt good with the Agency and I have to thank the Agents that believe in my potential. So, if they ask me I will say yes to Astound at 100%.
  3. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)?  I’ll really love to work on an activity book with Monsters or Animals characters!

Hilli Kushnir (New York, New York)

  1. What has been your favorite experience so far? Receiving books and products I’ve worked on in the mail is the best!
  1.  What makes you great to work with? I think I’m pretty easy to communicate with and I try to be responsible with time and deadlines. I usually am good at listening and get what the client’s point of view, references and expectations are and deliver accordingly. I also like to express humor in my work whenever I can and I think that adds to the overall look of the project sometimes.
  2. Would you recommend being represented by Astound to other illustrators? I would and I do to anyone who emails me (and I often get such emails). I think it’s a no brainer if you have no representation, because with Astound being so well connected, there’s only room for potential and growth. You get to keep your own clients if you have them, but Astound will get you more projects and with names you couldn’t probably get yourself, at least not as a beginner.
  3. What sort of project would you like to do next (as an illustrator)?  I’d like to work with publishers I haven’t worked with before (Abrams Kids, Penguin, Chronicle) and I’d like to bring to books a bit more of a messy collage-like look I’ve been playing with.

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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.