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!

Lover’s Day February 14 2019

Top 10

Love Stories from Astounding Artists

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today we’re going to spread some love via the art of our illustrators. Love comes in many forms, whether it’s a peck on the cheek, a love between animals or simply spreading some self-love. We take a moment to indulge in the kisses, hugs and snugs of these potential love stories.

You can see more from our artists by visiting their online folio, and make sure to tweet your favourite for Valentine’s Day! #AstoundUs #ValentinesDay #Lovers


Chiara Fedele – It easy to get caught up in the ideas of the imagination when you’re in love and Chiara perfectly encapsulates this alpine love story.

Alessia Trunfio – Sometimes it’s easy to get swept up in the magic of the moment. These prom dancers have eyes only for each other as they dance amongst the twinkly lights.

Laura Bobbiesi – Sometimes the most effective love is that which you spread into the world. This sweet illustration from Laura makes love hearts appear like butterflies.

Alexandra Bye – Love isn’t only for the young as these two perfectly demonstrate. We love Alexandra’s characterisation of these two, happy to share a peck on the cheek.

Daniela Dogliani – Young love is exciting and unknown and this guy seems almost shocked to have received a little kiss from his friend dressed in yellow.

Danny Deeptown – Sometimes all love takes is honey and plenty of money along with a runcible spoon!  This encapsulation of the Owl and the Pussycat uses a soft colour palette as they stare into each others eyes.

Mari Lobo – Where better to share a kiss than in a garden and Mari’s strong use of colour makes these two lovers stand out.

Geneva Bowers – Disco time! It could only be the 70’s with those flares. Even by showing just their feet, Geneva has set the mood with a coquettish foot on these steps. They seem ready for date night!

Thais Damiao – The warm glow coming in through the window only accentuates the warmth of this young couple’s love. They each hold their hearts in their hands ready to give them to each other.

Joaquin Paris – Sometimes the best kind of love is when you can share a hobby with your partner. And these two look to be having the world of fun as they ride their moped together.



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.