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 Jo Byatt February 7 2019

Featured Artists

New Artist Jo Byatt Joins the Astound Team!

Jo was born in Sunny Southend on sea. As a little girl all she loved to do was draw and read.  Her favourite books were mainly the magical faraway worlds of Enid Blyton and E Nesbit.

At Southend Art college Jo studied Graphic design , she soon realised that her passion was in Children’s Illustration when everything she created ended up having a smiley face.

Working freelance illustrating children’s magazines and books in licensed characters made herimage2 realise that she longed to create her own.

After having her two daughters (mini artists in the making) she set about making her dream a reality.  ‘Catch me if you can’ was her debut picture book which has sold in many counties worldwide. Since then she has just completed her 30th children’s book, a picture book premiering at Frankfurt book fair.

Her proudest moment to date has to be being chosen to illustrate ‘Bear’s reading adventure’ for Booktrust, that was given free in every library in the United Kingdom to promote library use to the under 5’s.

Jo loves to work as part of a team, working hard to create her humorous and characterful illustrations to bring your project to life. She loves to inject her Imagination into each piece making each piece unique!

Jo works digitally using her Wacom cintiq, Photoshop and ipad pro using Procreate. Character design and picture book ideas are her speciality.

Whilst working she loves to listen to Bowie, Queen and Boy George or fuelling her love of reading listening to an audiobook!

She is a member of the AOI and SCBWI.

Her office assistant Ziggy the pug is never far from her side and she longs to create a  picture book staring him .