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!

Top 5 Mermaid Illustrations of the Week January 3 2018

Top 5

Our Top 5 Mermaid Illustrations


Happy New Year Everyone! What better way take our minds off the dreary January blues than with some magical, mythical mermaid illustrations. With the release of Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid later this year, we are seeing more and more finned friends swimming from the big screen into the pages of children’s books (and briefly into our Frappuccinos). Our selected artists have created a variety of unique underwater scenes and charming characters, sure to spark any little ones imagination. Check out more of our artist’s work in their linked bios. Don’t forget to check back in next week for new Astounding Artwork and feel free to tweet your favorites @astound_us #astoundTop5 #kidsillustration.


Daniela Dogliani

Daniela’s mermaid is the definition of ‘swooning’ ! We love her light hearted, romantic spin on this classic fairytale. The bright pops of colour from the seaweed and corals make this illustration lively and inviting. Our favourite detail is her sweet, nosy turtle sidekick.

John Joseph

Apparently even mermaids aren’t immune to bad hair days. John shows off his incredible talent for illustrating natural light and interesting textures in this humorous underwater scene. We love the disgruntled expression on this young mermaid’s face (we can sympathise !)

Ana Sanfelippo

As always, Ana has created a simple yet perfectly balanced illustration that we would love to have hanging in our homes. The busy schools of fish are wonderful in contrast with the Serene nature of Ana’s gliding mermaid. We love the quirky twist of the ship being in a bottle too.

Chiara Fiorentino

Chiara’s beautiful earthy green and purple colour palette adds a fresh take on contemporary mermaid illustrations, so often saturated with pink and aquamarine! We love how she has played with the scale of her mischievous little mermaids, giving them a pixieish quality.

Katie Wood

You may have reached your limits of family fun over the festive season, but this mermaid party is still going strong. Katie’s illustration has a contagiously happy tone, full of music and sparkles. Our favourite details are the fun array of hairstyles and outfits.