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 Ema Maliauka May 4 2020

Featured Artists

Joining us is Astounding artist Ema Maliauka!

We’re so excited to introduce you to this charming Belarussian picture books illustrator! Ema works with both traditional materials and Photoshop to create sweet, naive artwork perfect for books dealing with children’s emotions and relationships. Children’s picture books are her real passion, having illustrated a few for publishers like Beijing Rzbooks, and currently she’s looking for her next book to add her signature style to. 

Ema was born and raised in Belarus. Thanks to her mom, she fell in love with children’s books when she was a kid, and this love grew into her profession. She finished college, specializing in fine art at preschool.  Then she graduated University as an art critic.

Now she lives in a cozy town called Alkmaar, in the Netherlands.

Over the past few years, she has created many bright characters, illustrated several books for kids, and worked on various commercial projects. Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 1.35.14 PM

She works with both traditional materials and Photoshop. Often, she’Il starts on paper and then do post-production in Photoshop, but in many cases she goes fully digital as well. She loves both approaches and she chooses the most suitable one based on a particular project. She loves creating cute characters and illustrations that are simple, but at the same time are full of interesting details. Children’s books are her real passion

See Ema’s full portfolio of astounding illustration here.

Thank you to the ITSME team for all their assistance with Ema’s signing process.

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.