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!

Kate’s Face Time September 28 2018

Astound Agents

Get to know Astound’s agents with some quality ‘face time’ in our agent interview series!


We invite you to get to know Astound Agent Kate, one of our New York based agents. Find out how she began her agenting career, and what kinds of things she does outside of the Astound office!



What led you to Astound?IMG_2198

I studied communication, media and studio art at DePauw University and theatre at East 15 in the UK. Upon graduating, I was hoping to find a job within the creative industry that was rewarding and beneficial to others. The agent position at Astound matched exactly what I was looking for and the timing was perfect. It’s wonderful to be representing talented artists to publishers and helping them to develop their style and skill so that they may reach their full potential!

What do you look for in an illustrator?

I look for a confident sense of style and love when an illustrator brings quirky and humorous elements to their art. Lighting plays such a big role in determining mood and aesthetic, therefore I find unique sources of light in illustrations peak my interest! Illustrators with enthusiasm and love for what they do– It’s a delight when an illustrator wants to share their stories.

Why do you think an illustrator needs an agent?

An agent is an illustrator’s wing (wo)man! Every artist needs one! Agents handle the business aspects of an artist’s career. Agents take care of the important and necessary elements of acquiring and securing work, so that the illustrators can stay in their studios creating – what they do best! IMG_2199

What do you love about being an agent

I love having this rewarding opportunity to be a vessel in the growth of an artist’s career. It’s exciting to be a part of the process from initial match of illustrator and client, editing the work together, to the final stage when the project is finished!

What about Astound makes it a unique agency?

As a boutique agency I find that the size makes this agency unique. It has acquired success on a global scale while operated by a small team- all of whom are incredibly gracious and kind. Working in a supportive and positive environment is a rare thing to come by! 

What are some other things you enjoy outside of agenting?

You’ll likely find me at pop-up yogi/wellness events, gallery openings, and farmers markets. In the warmer months, I love going to outdoor movies and concerts. I also love painting abstract art in my spare time

What is your dream travel destination currently?

IMG_2200New Zealand is at the top of my list. If I could combine New Zealand and Japan in the same trip, that would be a dream come true!

If you could be any animal or creature for one day what would you be, and why?

I would be a dolphin, because as a kid it was my dream to swim all day and live in the ocean.





Astound US is a new kind of artist representation business based in Downtown Manhattan. We aim high – to Astound – by being the agency with the best contemporary children’s book illustrators and commercial artists from around the world. As an international illustration agency we represent over 130 astounding freelance illustrators, offering the perfect style for whatever your next project may be. Astound – Drawn to better.

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