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!

Me and My Book 3! April 20 2020

Publishing Featurette

We’re back with another fantastic round of an artist and client favourite, Me and My Book! Our artists are always busy with new titles and these strange times are no exception. Here they are posing proudly in the nearest (socially distant) sunlight with their most recent creations.


Katie Crumpton – Crash! and Bang! by Alison Donald, published by Maverick Arts Publishing on February 28th 2020.

Mariano Epelbaum  – Dinosaurs Can’t Roar by Layla Beason, published by Sourcebooks in 2020.

Chris Saunders – What the Fluffy Bunny said to the Lazy Llama by P. Crumble, published by Koala Books, Scholastic Australia on March 1st 2020.

Elena Resko – The Red Rocket Pirates by Katie Dale published by Maverick Arts Publishing on February 28th 2020.

Khoa Le – Miriam at the river by Jane Yolen published by Kar-Ben Publishing on February 4th.

Alessia Trunfio – Brother Wulf by Joseph Delaney published by Penguin Random House published on April 16th 2020.

Bao Luu – Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet by Nanette Heffernan published by Charlesbridge on January 21st 2020.

Alex Willmore – The Big Trip by Alex Willmore published by Tate Publishing on April 2020 (delayed).

Valentina Jaskina – Curious George’s Valentine’s Day Activity Book by H.A. Rey published by HMH Books for Young Readers on December 17th 2019.

Chelen Ecija – The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman published by Puffin Books on April 7th 2020.

Alexandra Bye – The Only Woman in the Photo by Kathleen Krull published by Atheneum Books on February 4th 2020.


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.