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!

Kyle Reed’s Three Little Birds gets an Epic Book Launch! April 4 2019

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Astounding Artist, Kyle Reed, Celebrated the Launch of his New Book ‘Three Little Birds’ at his Local Book Store – Epic Books


We love seeing our artist’s work out in the big wide world and this week Astounding Artist, Kyle Reed, launched his latest book ‘Three Little Birds’ at his local independent bookstore, Epic Books in Hamilton, Ontario!

Kyle and his wife got in contact with the owner Jaime Krakowski – a great supporter of Canadian Authors and Illustrators – to arrange the launch. It featured readings, signings and specially designed cookies in the shape of the three main characters in Kyle’s book.

In between the two readings of Three Little Birds, Kyle shared sketches from the book whilst also explaining the process. It was a great opportunity for the kids to see the process behind designing a picture book – and who knows – it may even inspire some future picture book artists in the making! It is always great for children to see the work that goes into creating the characters.

After each reading, Kyle signed copies for the children with their names along with a small character drawing from the book which each child got to choose. What a treat!

The cherry on the cake came in the form of the cookies Kyle’s wife ordered for the event! The colourfully decorated cookies of the three main characters from the book were quite a hit – the yellow, blue and red birds!

The day was so successful that Epic Books sold out of all their copies of Three Little Birds and all the cookies were eaten!


Congratulations Kyle on such a successful day!


You can see more of Kyle Reed’s work here as well as clicking through the gallery!


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.