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 Buzzers for Honey Bee Day! August 16 2019

Top 10

Showing Some Love for the Insects that Make Our World Go Round!

Saturday 17th is International Honey Bee Day. Without these small, flying striped bugs, the world as we know it wouldn’t exist. Crucial for the pollination of flowers and plants, providing food for humans and animals, we need to do everything we can to support the Honey Bee to make sure they can continue to bring life to this planet. Whether that’s through plating more bee friendly flowers or watching out for pesticides, there are many things we can do. Make sure you keep an eye out for our Summer Mailout – included within in a sheet of Wildflower Seed-paper that you can plant to encourage these hard workers

We’ve chosen some of our favourite illustrations featuring buzzy bees, (including some in human appreciation form!) from our talented illustrators. Could one of these guys be the perfect fit for your next project? Get in touch to find out more about our artists.


Marcin Piwowarski

Jake Souva

Paula Bossio

Judith Loske

Kelly Breemer

Hazel Quintanilla

Giuliana Marigliano

Maribel Lechuga

Claire Almon

Talitha Shipman

– And if you love this illustration, then Talitha has a whole story featuring these characters called ‘Bumble, Bumble, Buzz’ about an energetic young bumblebee loses his ability to buzz. If you are interested, get in touch with your agent for more info.


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