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 Thérèse Cilia December 10 2018

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Thérèse Cilia

See more of Thérèse’s work here!

  1. Where is your studio located? Belleville, Ontario Canada
  2. What is your favorite or signature medium to work in? Watercolour
  3.  Describe your studio or process in one word and one picture! Colour
  4. When you are in your favorite spot in your studio, what is on your right? Palette, brushes, inks
  5. When is your favorite time of day to work on illustrations? Why? Early morning. I love when the world is quiet and still—it feels like a magical time of day to create more magic! The possibilities are endless, my brain is fresh and it’s easy for me to fall in to the process, the project and get into my element.
  6. Do you listen to music (what kind)? All kinds, but mostly a vast array of podcasts. Programs on arts and culture and books mostly.
  7. Do you have a favorite character that you have created? She is a little girl that pops up in all my personal work. I have about 10 paintings of her in different age ranges from about 5-10. She is getting written in my head so far and will be in a children’s book series.
  8. If you could add anything to your studio, what would it be? A 10 ft antique wooden work table. I currently have two desks in my studio—I can never have enough work space as I love to spread out with my art supplies and resource material!
  9. Close your eyes and grab the first thing in reach in the studio. What is it? Coffee mug by artist Krystal Speck
  10. What is your favorite thing in your studio? My growing shelf of picture books inspire me and teach me all about colour, character, and expression.



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.