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 ! May 10 2018

Publishing Featurette

A selection of this year’s published books and the faces behind the illustrations!


Every now and again it’s important to take a step back and appreciate all of the fantastic books our #astoundingartists have helped to create! This week we are celebrating these stories and the incredible illustrators behind them, with an edited showcase of titles published in the last year. From recycling to cats in space, there’s no theme our artists can’t bring to life with their #Astounding artwork! We’d like to thank all of the publishers and authors who have collaborated with our artists on the wonderfully varied collection of books.

Make sure to follow the links below to check out each artists portfolio and keep up to date with their latest projects. You can also find our full range of #Astounding artists here. Make sure to tweet us your favourites at @astound_us #MeAndMyBook ! 


Alex WillmoreAdoraBull, written by Alison Donald, published by Maverick Arts Publishing, March 2018


Talitha ShipmanApplesauce Day, written by Lisa Amstutz , published by Albert Whitman, August 2017


Betania ZacariasAbrazo de oso, written by Susanna Isern, published by NubeOcho, October 2017


Chris SaundersWhat the Fluffy Bunny said to the Growly Bear, written by P. Crumble, published by Koala Book Company, March 2018


Teresa MartinezSwan Lake, written by Peter Clover, published by Starry Forest, September 2017


Danny DeeptownCaptain Green, written by Evelyn Bookless, published by Marshall Cavendish July 2018


Alice BreretonFrankenbunny, written by Jill Esbaum, published by Sterling Publishing, December 2017 & Nightlights, written by Paul Paolilli, published by Albert Whitman, August 2017


Claudia TenorioWhy Not ? , written by Amanda Huneke, published by Warren Publishing, August 2017


Hannah MarksHamster Sitter Wanted, written by Tracy Gunaratnam, published by Maverick Arts Publishing, August 2017


Francesa RestaScarlet and Ivy, written by Sophie Cleverly, published by Harper Collins, December 2017


Nadja SarrellHilja, written by Heidi Viherjuuri, published by Kustannus Mäkelä, October 2017


Khoa Le, La Belle au bois dormant, written by Charles Perrault, published by Nuinui, November 2017


Kelly BreemerDanny and the Moon, written by Jennifer Dawson, published by Wisdom House Books, March 2018


Valentina JasinkaBig Birthday Hug, written by Jennifer Kurani, published by Sky Pony Press, November 2018


Letizia RizzoBig Bed for Little Bear, written by Scarlett Wing, published by Cottage Door Press, June 2017


Sara GianassiPop up Cinderella, written by Susanna Davidson, published by Usborne Publishing, October 2017


Srimalie Bassani, Beauregard in a Boxwritten by Jessica Lee Hutchings, published by Flowerpot Press, April 2018


Alessandra SantelliWhere does the sky end?, written by Jikar Khorshid, published by Kalimat, November 2017


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.