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 Shane Crampton June 7 2019

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Shane Crampton

See more of Shane’s work here!

  1. Where is your studio located? Newquay, Cornwall, UK
  2. What is your favorite or signature medium to work in? I mostly work digitally at the moment, that said…I draw everything out with pencil first and sometimes paint backgrounds with gouache but I always collage everything together in photoshop. I love the freedom of being about to move things around easily.
  3. Describe your studio or process in one word and one picture!  Calm
  4. When you are in your favorite spot in your studio, what is on your right? My plants and fairy lights
  5. When is your favorite time of day to work on illustrations? Why? I prefer to start work early on in the day. I get much more done if I just start as soon as my youngest son is in nursery. I normally work all day then again in the evening depending on deadlines.
  6. Do you listen to music (what kind)? Oh my goodness Yes!! Rock or Metal. Currently i’m Listening to Megadeth “Rust in Peace” on repeat with the odd splash of Rob Zombie and Iron Maiden.
  7. Do you have a favorite character that you have created? The last 3 books i’ve Illustrated have all had fantastic strong female main characters which I have loved! If I had to choose a favourite (which is really tricky) I think “Aggie” from “Cavegirl” would just pip it. She’s such a determined little lady and doesn’t give up. I really admire that about her.
  8. If you could add anything to your studio, what would it be? I have an ever growing collection of beautiful children’s books by authors and illustrator that I admire and currently no where to keep them safe from my 3 year old who likes to eat books, so…shelves would probably be the next thing i’ll add. Or more plants.
  9. Close your eyes and grab the first thing in reach in the studio. What is it? A Pantera mug… a decent cup of strong tea is essential whilst working.
  10. What is your favourite thing in your studio? My Baby Taylor guitar. It was a birthday gift from my husband last year and I absolutely LOVE it! That said…I am very much in love with my iMac too.


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.