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!

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Emma Morris October 15 2019

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Emma Morris

See more of Emma’s work here!

  1. Where is your studio located? South London
  2. What is your favorite or signature medium to work in? Painted textures, hand drawn elements and all put together digitally.
  3. Describe your studio or process in one word and one picture!  It’s super bright! Green and Pink with oodles of things that inspire me!
  4. When you are in your favorite spot in your studio, what is on your right? Probably a huge black coffee or a pile of doodles and ideas ready to be worked up into new prints.
  5. When is your favorite time of day to work on illustrations? Why? It has to be first thing in the morning. I’m a naturally early bird and it helps that a little family of parakeets live outside my studio window! I’m not too great at working in the evening and like to fill my evening time with other things that balance out my illustration. I’m currently training for a marathon and learning Japanese!
  6. Do you listen to music (what kind)? I do! A lot of Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Queen. I also love to listen to podcasts. They keep me company working from home by myself in the daytime!
  7. Do you have a favorite character that you have created? I recently completed an illustrated atlas of the world and loved drawing characters from all over the world!
  8. If you could add anything to your studio, what would it be? A pet dog and a pet cat… day! A little furry friend to keep me company in the daytime would be lovely.
  9. Close your eyes and grab the first thing in reach in the studio. What is it? A little bag of googly eyes. I love sticking them on everything!
  10. Take a photo of your favorite thing in your studio. I am a huge Toy Story fan and my vintage Woody Cowboy has a prized place in my studio!

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.