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!

Hazel Quintanilla’s ‘A Unicorn and A Yeti’ Review May 24 2019

Publishing Featurette

Scholastic’s ‘A Unicorn and A Yeti’ Series featuring Illustrations by Astounding Artist Hazel Quintanilla receives Publisher’s Weekly Review

We always love reading the reviews of the latest work being published, to see what’s trending and catching attention. And this week we spotted our very own Hazel Quintanilla in Publisher’s Weekly for the work she did on Scholastic’s ‘A Unicorn and A Yeti – Sparkly New Friends’. Take a look at the review below as well as some of the illustrations from the first book! ‘Sparkly New Friends’ is out now, ‘A Good Team’ is out at the end of June and ‘Friends Rock’ in October. Keep an eye out for them in your local book store.


An unlikely friendship is sparked in the first of the Unicorn and Yeti series. In the first of three tales, flying Unicorn—whose upturned snout and pinkish frame provide a look more porcine than equine—sees “something sparkly” in the snowy hills below. Yeti, who resembles a stocky, feathery snowball, also spies something sparkly—in the sky. “The sparkles are getting closer! And closer,” Yeti observes. After a Yeti-Unicorn crash landing and a sparkle debate (Unicorn insists that Yeti’s snowy environs are just as sparkly as Unicorn; Yeti is skeptical), the two become fast friends. In a second story, Yeti and Unicorn learn to accept each other just as they are (and occasionally use a bit of magic when they want to fancy up). And the third features an epic snow fight followed by rainbow-colored soup. Additional books in this whimsical, character-driven series are set to release later this year. Ages 4–6.

You can see more of Hazel’s work here! Get in touch if you would like her to work on your next project.


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.