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!

What Clients Say September 12 2014

What Clients and Artists Say about Astound

We love our clients, and love to hear their feedback about our artists, as well as our company! Check out what our clients have to say:

  • “Astound has a deep list of talented artists, so you can always find the style you need for any given project. Their agents are readily available, fielding inquiries no matter what time zone you are in, and always provide the help and advice you need in a pinch! Fair and reliable, I always enjoy working with the Astound team” ~ Justine Boon, Freelance Art Buyer and previously at Oxford University Press
  • “Francesca Resta is one of those rare artists who is not only an extraordinary talent, but an absolute delight to work with. She has an unbelievable knack for creating gorgeous and appealing characters, and she took direction wonderfully and ran with every suggestion. I wish every project could go so smoothly.” ~ Laura Roode, Simon & Schuster
  • “I must say how impressed I am with the quality, the depth of talent, and diversity of styles in the artists represented by Astound-US.  Wow.  Not only are the artists fantastic, it is always a great pleasure to work with the Agents and staff.  Everyone is always so fun to work with and the attention to detail, as well as the follow up communications is most appreciated.  I cannot wait for my next project! Many thanks and keep up the good work!.” ~ Linda Andrews, Creative Director. Previously American Greetings and Paper Magic