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!

National STEM day! November 8 2019


National STEM day is a national holiday that celebrates the subjects Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Within publishing this is a fantastically important area of focus for children’s books in order to show youngsters the possibilities of careers in these subjects. Many of our clients come to us for illustrators who can make STEM more exciting and plausible in particular for girls, who are under represented in these industries, despite being every bit as capable. In this post we have curated a collection of pieces from our artists’ STEM projects showing women can be successful in these fields and that girls can enjoy every experiment, measurement, blueprint and algorithm!

Nadja Sarell – It all had to start somewhere… Ada Lovelace was a mathematician in the 1800s whose calculations laid the groundwork for computing today. Nadja illustrated this cover as part of an illustration course.

Vanessa Matte – A hat full of possibilities! We love this piece by Vanessa showing a girl with some blueprints and wearing an aviator’s hat – she’s thinking big!

Camilla Frescura – She knows a determined girl only too well! Camilla’s character is searching hard for answers here and won’t give up until she finds them.

Talitha Shipman – This cover was a personal project of Talitha’s imagining a girl called Gertie, who as far as we know, get’s the calculation right. Good on you Gertie. If you’d like to see this story come to life get in touch!

Alessia Trunfio – A titan of STEM titles in the U.K, Alessia has brought the magic back into these fields with her illustrations in the ‘Tara Binns’ series published by Harper Collins.

Elena Resko – As we all know from the Apollo landing anniversary this year, astronauts are also scientists and Elena has created this wonderful spread of an astronaut experimenting in zero gravity!

Elena Bia – For a project with Rourke publishing, Elena illustrated the Women in Science and Technology series, with one of the books covering the American mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose calculations were critical to the lift off of NASA’s first crewed space flights.




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.