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 Maria Perera September 5 2019

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Maria Perera

See more of Maria’s work here!

  1. Where is your studio located? I work where I live and where I was born, in Gijón. It is a beautiful small coastal town in northern Spain.
  2. What is your favorite or signature medium to work in? I use to begin by drawing on paper with a pencil. Then I scan the sketch and finish it on photoshop with digital techniques. This is my technique for everyday works but when I have the time to do some more personal things I like to do the full process by hand with pencils, guache and acrylic paints.
  3.  Describe your studio or process in one word and one picture!  Comforting!
  4. When you are in your favorite spot in your studio, what is on your right? To my right I have my external disc ( I do lots of back ups copies!) and my time table.
  5. When is your favorite time of day to work on illustrations? Why? I love getting up very very early. The first hours of the day are calm and distractions-free. I tend to focus much better when the day has not begun and I am able to work faster and better.
  6. Do you listen to music (what kind)? I used to have some music radio on the background. I definitely need some music to work. I love when my all time favourite band (The Beatles!) pops up in the playlist _ the fifties, sixties and seventies tunes make my day. Luckily I live with an opera enthusiast and his operas often drift through the door to my studio.
  7. Do you have a favorite character that you have created? I actually love each character I develop. Portraits of people I admire are my favourite thing to do but I also like a lot drawing books for kids. I am very fond of my characters and I have a special relationship with each one of them.
  8. If you could add anything to your studio, what would it be? I am very happy with my studio and the huge amount of light I have there. It is quiet, it feels like home and I have everything I need there to work comfortably. I would enjoy a little more room to organize my material!
  9. Close your eyes and grab the first thing in reach in the studio. What is it? My cintiq!
  10. Picture prompt: Take a photo of your favorite thing in your studio. My Beatles dolls watching me while I’m working!

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.