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Astound us, a new kind of Artist Representation business, based in Manhattan.

We aim high - to Astound - by being the Agency with the best in contemporary kids illustrators 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, all the way through to how we invoice.

We Astound by being good at what we do, snappy, can-do, enthusiastic, talented and creative… and yes, 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 you get paid right on time.

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 contact@astound.us with a sampling of your favorite pieces (8-10 .jpgs under 2MB each).

Helen, Emily, Vince and team!


Spotlight on Ben Reynolds September 26 2017

Featured Artists

Ben ReynoldsBen Reynolds Joins Astound!

Ben Reynolds was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in December of 1981. He grew up playing hockey and drawing at every chance he could get. It was at 9 years old, after a trip to Disney World in Florida, where he saw artists working on the film Aladdin. It was that day that he realized drawing was actually a job, and his path was set.

Ben pursued a career in the arts by enrolling in animation school locally in Ontario, and has since enjoyed a fruitful career working as an artist for games, animated films, illustrated books and advertisements. The Disney influences that kick-started Ben’s career still remain strong today and can be seen throughout his work, but Ben’s style would be best described as whimsical, colorful and imaginative. Ben still lives in Toronto, after now starting his own family, and plans to share his love for illustration and creativity with his son and daughter.

Check out more of his work here

Ben Reynolds was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in December of 1981. He grew up playing hockey and drawing at every chance he could get. It was at 9 years old, after a trip to Disney World in Florida, where he saw artists working on the film Aladdin. It was that day that he realized drawing was actually a job, and his path was set.

Ben pursued a career in the arts by enrolling in animation school locally in Ontario, and has since enjoyed a fruitful career working as an artist for games, animated films, illustrated books and advertisements. The Disney influences that kick-started Ben’s career still remain strong today and can be seen throughout his work, but Ben’s style would be best described as whimsical, colorful and imaginative. Ben still lives in Toronto, after now starting his own family, and plans to share his love for illustration and creativity with his son and daughter.