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!

Top 5 ‘Give an Animal a Bath’ Illustrations June 21 2018

Top 5


At Astound we represent the most talented children’s book illustrators in the industry, but you’re never too good to scrub up your skills! This week we decided to have some fun by challenging 5 of our artists to create a ‘give an animal a bath’ illustration. From farmyard fun to to crazy crocodiles, our #AstoundingArtists let their imaginations run wild and you’ll love the results! These 5 new, available illustrations showcase each artist’s unique style and ability to make a drawing come to life. Follow the links in the descriptions to see more of each artists work and don’t forget to tweet your favorites @astound_us #AstoundTop5 #GiveAnAnimalABath


Daniela Dogliani

Daniela’s elephant ‘give an animal a bath’ scene is as joyful as it gets. We love the sweet interactions between the main characters and her bold, playful use of colour.

John Joseph

We love John’s choice of fun loving crocodile for his ‘give an animal a bath’ illustration, not to mention the little boy trying to brush his teeth! Checkout John’s skilful use of textures and reflection.

Shane Crampton 

Shane has gone more traditional with her puppy in the tub, showing off her incredible talent for illustrating hair! But our favourite detail has to be how she’s drawn all those beautiful bubbles!

Valentina Jasinka

The nervous expression of the horse adds a lovely element of humour into Valentina’s ‘give an animal a bath’ illustration. We love the confident use of mark making in her classic, traditional style.

Rea Zhai 

We love everything about Rea’s ‘give an animal a bath’ scene. From the lion’s quirky mane to her stylish limited colour palette. Wouldn’t this make a stunning picture book?



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.