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!

Celebrating 50 Years since Man Landed on the Moon July 19 2019


Landing our Artists on the Moon for the 50th Anniversary

This weekend sees the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing on the Moon. A historic moment, those who were alive remember exactly where they were when Buzz and Neil set foot on luna soil. We tasked our artists with bringing the moment from 50 years ago to life!

Our artists know what it’s like to go to the moon and back – so its no surprise their illustrations have captured the spirit of the occasion! From watching it on TV to the reimagining of the moment the flag was planted, the Astound Artists have got it covered.


Brianna Gooch – The landing was worth stopping in your tracks for, even if it meant watching through a shop window. However, in Brianna’s picture, the ‘grown-ups’ just don’t seem to care!

Francesca Ficorilli – Man conquering the moon! We love this conceptual piece from new astounding artist Francesca with the glowing orb of the moon.

Mark Bertran – Capturing the feeling of the 60’s with those hair do’s! Gathering round the TV with friends and family was what it was all about.

Vanessa Port – Vanessa’s use of colour here makes outer space seem to glow – it seems like a less scary place with all those constellations.

Patrick Corrigan – Once you’ve landed, what do you do on the moon?! Play golf is what.

Alessandra Santelli – Smile and wave! The swirly clouds are so lovely on this far away Earth.

Josep Rural – Perhaps fictitious, who can be sure that there aren’t books on the moon. They might just be round the corner.

Thais Damiao – Looking forward, we hope to one day see a first woman on the moon one day soon!



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.