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 10 Gorgeous Grandparents from Astounding Artists August 12 2019

Top 10

Granny, Grandpa, Nana, Gramps – We Gravitate towards Grandparents with the week’s Top 10!

Grandparents were young once too, and like the stories our illustrators work on, the ups and downs of their lives can be particularly entertaining. From war stories, to missing the bus, there is often something we can take from the stories of their lives.

We hope these illustrations have you heart warmed and encourage you to pick up the phone to speak to the wisest of your relatives this week. Or perhaps they will inspire you for an upcoming project! – then drop an email to your agent.


Paula Bossio – Granny knows best, but perhaps not when it comes to navigation and driving!

Claudia Tenorio – and why wouldn’t a sleeping Grandad be the perfect place to re-enact a Pirate ship mutiny!?

Alice Wong – Can’t beat Grandma’s baking.

Patrick Corrigan – When Gramps has run out of his own stories (unlikely to happen) there are always those ghost stories to recount by the fire before bed.

Hazel Quintanilla – There’s nothing quite like a cuddle from the older folk in your family/

Anna Kubaszewska – Tea and biscuits and a nice chat when your feeling under the weather is always appreciated.

Joaquin Paris – Love it or hate it, Grandma’s love a kiss.

Anita Barghigiani – Everyone knows that you can get away with anything under Grandad’s watch – if he’s asleep!

Wendy Leach – Helping out Grandad with some of his gardening.

Yoss Sanchez – Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa on the way to the factory.


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.