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!

Spotlight on Airin O’Callaghan June 11 2020

Featured Artists

Airin O’Callaghan Joins Astound!

We’re excited by the potential of this jet-setting artist, nominated for Holland’s most prestigious illustration award, and we believe you’ll love working on her debut picture book together. Her sweet characters and soft colors have a universal appeal. 

Airin was born in Boston but moved to Barcelona only 6 months later, to be where her parents were from. When she was 7 years old she moved again, to the 097740_PhotoNetherlands ,and later she went to University in Amsterdam. After interning at the national newspaper De Volkskrant, Airin’s work was nominated for the Fiep Westendorp Stimuleringsprijs award. She decided to get her MFA in illustration in San Francisco, and she has been living in Berkeley, CA, ever since. Her inspiration comes from her early childhood in Spain, where she spent a lot of time playing in nature surrounded by a large classic Spanish family. Her family is very warm and expressive, and her grandmother taught her to pay a specific kind of attention to detail. If she wasn’t an illustrator, Airin would probably be a doll maker or a community builder traveling around the world bringing people together from all different backgrounds. Her secret talent is whistling and she takes cold showers in the morning.

Click here to see the astounding work of this fresh new talent.

We’re grateful to the ITSME team for their assistance in signing Airin.

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.