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 Federico Mariani October 10 2018

Featured Artists

Federico Mariani: New Astound Artist!

Federico joins us this week and he hails from Italy. He has illustrated for various apps and Italian clients! We are very excited to welcome Federico! Learn all about his journey from his early years of drawing at school until now: Fede Mariani


Federico Mariani is an illustrator and toy designer, born in 1974 and living near Modena, north Italy. He likes to apply his skills to Non-fiction children books, adult magazine and books, character design, and especially toys and board games. 

As early as kindergarten he started greedily devouring comics and picture books. Although his teachers told him he could not draw, he felt somehow that illustration was the job for him. Drawing has always been his passion and ever since his school days he was challenging himself to create characters, comics and illustrations. In 2008, after a period in advertising design, he started to illustrate books for for Mondadori Ragazzi, Edizioni EL, Giunti Editore, Editoriale Scienza, Usborne Publishing, ilSole24ore newspaper, and Monocle magazine. He also illustrated various apps like “Timbuktu Pasta” and designed toys for companies like Big & Small Peluches and Grani & Partners/Preziosi Collection. 

He thinks that “Heart” is an important engine for inspiration and for drawing things we all can love. His favorite topics to draw are nature, food, science, space, history, maps, robots and monsters.


Check out more work from Federico Mariani 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.