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!

Rhiannon’s Face Time December 4 2018

Astound Agents

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


We invite you to get to know Astound Agent Rhiannon, one of our London based agents. Find out what led her to Astound and how she spends her time outside of the Astound office!


What led you to Astound?

Image 1After graduating from the Courtauld Institute in London, having studied history of art I had a number of jobs working in TV production, but realised I wanted a more grounded career. I decided to spend a summer in the South of France working in a small art gallery, surrounded by vineyards. I knew that any future job had to rival that lifestyle and I didn’t think it could be done until I came across Astound. It is really important to me to work with creative and inspiring individuals and I found all this and more at Astound. I had no idea that agencies like Astound existed but luckily came across it in my job search and the more I read about them, the more excited I was about the possibility of working there! And now here I am! 

What do you look for in an illustrator?

Whatever the style, I look for confidence, whether thats through line, colour or even humour. I am drawn towards work that is both graphic yet textured. But I find the quirky and humorous most engaging and exciting to work with. I like to be able to see an artist’s personality in their work. Image 2

Why do you think an illustrator needs an agent?

If I’m going based only on my own experience, I know I work best artistically when I have no other distractions and nothing to drag me into the dreaded pit of procrastination! An agent can minimise these distractions and fiddly details which can be a huge benefit. They are also there to help hone ideas and concepts to make sure you are producing the best work possible. 

What do you love about being an agent

I like the fact that I get to look at, and engage with visually inspiring work everyday. It’s what I always hoped I would be able to do and I find it incredibly stimulating. It is also exciting to know that I can work with someone to shape their portfolio. The variety of the work is also something that appeals to me from engaging with artists and clients, to more introspective work back at the office. 

What about Astound makes it a unique agency?

Being a boutique agency, Astound is particular in the artist’s they work with and for this reason you know that you are going to be working with some of the best in the business. They also take the time to get to know the needs of their clients and artists, giving tailored advice and suggestions. 

What are some other things you enjoy outside of agenting?Image 4

My main hobby is sewing. I really enjoy working with interesting materials, making the clothes from my imagination. It not only gives me a hobby, but I also then get joy from wearing the items. Im perhaps most proud of the linen coat I made (just visible in the first image). Outside of this I really enjoy spending time with my dog Reggie and going on long countryside pub walks. 

What is your dream travel destination currently?

At the moment I’m really keen to go to Paris. Although I spent all summer in the Languedoc, France I have ashamedly never visited the capital, even though its just across the channel! I fell in love with jazz, wine and pastries – so I’d like to go on the hunt for more of that!

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

I have thought long and hard about this and I’ve come to the conclusion that I would like to be one of those Bahama Pigs. Not only would one get to spend their day in paradise, but you would also get lots of lovely visitors bringing you food. Plus you’d have all your piggy friends for company whilst paddling in crystal clear waters.


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.