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’s Top 5 Classic Stories of the Week June 14 2017

Top 5

This week we’re getting lost in the wonder of our Astounding Artists’ takes on classic stories. These artist’s are all available for new projects! Take a look at more of their work in their linked bios. Check in next Wednesday for new Astounding Artwork and feel free to tweet and share your favorites @astound_us #astoundTop5 #kidsillustration

Agurtzane Abajo‘s Three Billy Goats Gruff – Agurtzane takes a whimsical approach to the classic Troll under the bridge story of Three Billy Goats Gruff. Her subtle use of texture applied to bold, bright colors adds a layer of depth while keeping the overall feeling fun and fresh.

Chiara Fedele‘s The Secret Garden – Chiara has illustrated an entire series of scenes from The Secret Garden that can be viewed in her online portfolio. We love the whole series but we particularly love this scene for it’s painterly look and use of colors to evoke emotions, you can practically feel the chill of the fall air!

Filippo Vanzo‘s Romeo and Juliet – We can’t get over Filippo’s realistic rendition of this iconic Romeo and Juliet scene. The precision in his architecture is impeccable and his attention to detail in time costume is crucial for the overall success of this piece.

Roberta Santi‘s Mary Poppins – Roberta’s take on Mary Poppins is freshly unique! We love the stark contrast of color blocking and selective patterns in this scene, giving the classic tale a modern take while keeping it’s quirky and fun intentions.

Stella Koh‘s Little Red Riding Hood – We love Stella’s rendition of Red Riding Hood. She’s given the piece an overall collage feel by keeping her shapes clean and bold, then placing different textures to create different layers. It’s hard not to be afraid of this Big Bad Wolf!