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 New Artist Amanda Erb October 10 2018

Featured Artists

Amanda Erb: New Astound Artist!


We are thrilled to welcome Amanda Erb to the agency! Read on to learn all about this accomplished New Englander!


Amanda is an illustrator from a small town in rural Maryland. She currently lives in a very different environment in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

At a young age she was drawn to picture books and found inspiration in the works of Tomie dePaola and Jan Brett. As she grew into her teen years she started becoming more interested in animation and even considered pursuing a career as an animator after taking a tour of Disney’s animation studio based in Orlando, Florida. Her afternoons after school were mostly spent watching the Toonami block of programming on Cartoon Network.

As an adult Amanda takes a variety of inspiration from picture books, comics, manga, graphic novels, and animation. In 2013 she graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration and has since gone on to create work for books, eBooks, advertisements, and toys.

She enjoys creating scenes with expressive characters and compositions and is always looking to push her storytelling skills with each of her pieces. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, learning Spanish and other languages, listening to and discovering new music, and finding new reading material and/or shows to watch. Dark chocolate almonds are her kryptonite and she loves iced coffee all year round.

She has traveled almost the entire continental United States and hopes to accomplish more international travel in the future. She also hopes to one day adopt a dog or cat, possibly both!


Check out more work from Amanda Erb here!



Astound Artists 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.