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!

Female Leaders of African American Film History February 26 2019

Top 5

We Celebrate Some Remarkable Women from Film History for African American History Month

As February draws to a close, so does African American History month. And we look to cinema to find some of our favourite inspiring female actors who starred in some noteworthy roles throughout the years. Included in this list are Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winners! Some truly Astounding Women from our Astounding Artists.

If any of these ladies catch your eye, be sure to let us know via twitter @astound_us and if you think they could be perfect for a project of yours, get in touch with us at #WomenInFilm #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth #FemaleLeaders #FilmHistory


Dorothy Dandridge – Maria Perera – This beautiful illustration from Maria shows Dorothy Dandridge as leading lady Carmen from the film Carmen Jones. The film was an adaptation of the opera and the novella and the character is distinctive for the rose in her hair and distinctive sultry costume.

Hattie McDaniel – Sumi Collina – Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role in Gone with the Wind. Sumi has shown Hattie accepting her Oscar as she paved the way for generation after her. Sumi’s use of light really makes the scene glow.

Ruby Dee – Geneva Bowers – Ruby Dee won both an Academy Award and a Screen Actor’s Guild award for her role in American Gangster. She was also nominated for an Emmy 9 times as well as a Grammy. Geneva has shown Ruby Dee with a knowing smile and we really like the use of light from behind which really adds an atmosphere to the scene. A true performer!

Ethel Waters – Chiara Fedele – Singer and actress Ethel Waters was the second African American to be nominated for an Oscar for her role in Pinky, and the first to be nominated for an Emmy for her starring appearance in a 1961 episode of Route 66.  The first for any black actor male or female. We love Chiara’s use of texture, especially with the outfit she has depicted her in.

Lena Horne – Addy Rivera Sonda - Singer, actress and political activist, the woman was just as recognised for her involvement with the civil rights movement refusing to perform for segregated audiences. Addy has paid homage to this in her illustration including the different aspects of her life.


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.