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!

The Australian Wildfires – An Astounding Response January 23 2020

Around the World

While the world looks on in horror at the devastation caused by the wildfires in Australia, the illustration community has come together to direct concern and efforts to help people and animals in the affected areas. Several of our own Astounding artists have taken part by creating illustrations to educate people about the increasing risk to unique species in the country, as well as raise funds to support the volunteer Firemen and women fighting to control the flames.

Alessandra Santelli  has raised money with this print of the iconic and threatened Koala Bear and its joey. The funds from this print will go to part of  WWFItalia who are collecting in order to protect animals at risk, which includes those in Australia. Alessandra raised a total of €849!!


Bonnie Pang is raising money with her two adorable designs showing Australian animals helping eachother, by allowing them to be downloaded as wallpapers for a donation to WIRES, Wildlife Rescue in Australia. This is an organisation who are helping care for animals affected by the wildfires.


Claire Almon has created this beautiful watercolour poster of Australian mammals that are in danger from the spreading wildfires. Stay tuned on her twitter page for a link to orders, this lovely piece is currently on its way to the printers…


Angela Rizza is our resident ornithophile (bird lover) and she was very keen to point out that this beautiful illustration features a black Cockatoo, an animal seriously endangered by the wildfires. Let’s make sure the Black Cockatoo exists in real life AND in this lovely piece!


Wenjia Tang illustrated this piece more broadly addressing forest fire awareness, showing the responsibilities we have to protect the wildlife we engage with when starting fires deliberately or accidentally. Though wildfires are common in Australia, it is widely recognised that these fires have been exacerbated by the effects of the very real, human contribution to the climate emergency. For Australians, this can be seen in its insistent, government supported coal industry.


Lindsay Dale has decided to highlight the risk to the indigenous people, plants and animals in Australia that these wildfires pose. The already disadvantaged Aboriginal community in Australia could feel the adverse effects of these wildfires more than any other in the country.


Aleksandra Szmidt has given us this adorable piece to end on an optimistic note! If we focus on what we can achieve by helping support Australia in this difficult time, the country will be back to it’s usual bouncy self with a nice cuppa like this fella!


As many of our illustrators have expressed, this event can be quite overwhelming to get to grips with, but every little action can help. We have researched a particular area of the Red Cross which contributes directly to helping people with relief and recovery in Australia:




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.