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 Anna Laera June 15 2018

Featured Artists

AnAnna_Laera_Profile_picturena Laera : New Astound Artist


Anna Laera was born in 1995 in a small town in southern Italy, where she grew up enjoying the sea and the simplicity of her country. During her childhood she loved making up tales, watching animated films, drawing and creating any sort of sculpture with paper, clay, wood, and pasta.

She has always been an introverted person. This is why she focused on art: she wanted to give freedom to her feelings, and when she discovered she could do that with colors and drawings she could’nt stop! After finishing high school, in 2014 she decided to move to Florence (where she currently lives) to study Illustration and Entertainment Design at Nemo Academy of Digital Arts. Driven by her passion, she began to draw every day to improve her skills.

Anna loves passionate people, nature (she cares a lot about environment protection) and animals, particularly hedgehogs and cats. She is fond of animated movies, comics, children’s books, dark chocolate and chestnuts. She likes listening to people and trying to empathize with them: she thinks this is a very important part of her job, understanding people’s feelings in order to make her illustrations resonate with them. As a lot of her friends say, if she hadn’t become an illustrator she would definitely be a psychologist!



Check out more work from Anna Laera 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.