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 Francesca Ficorilli April 11 2019

Featured Artists

We Welcome New Astounding Artist Francesca Ficorilli to the Astound Team


Francesca was born and lives in Rome.

Since she was a child her mother passed down to Francesca her love for arts and, when she saw Disney movies and Japanese anime for the first time, she absolutely knew what she wanted to be: an artist! 

FicorilliFrancesca_PHOTOAstoundThe idea of being a rockstar never left her, but Francesca preferred to focus her study on Fine Arts in high school, and Interior Design at university. During this period, she had the great opportunity to work with some important Italian animation and graphic design studios. After she earned a degree in Animation at the International School of Comics, she’s started to work freelance on both animated and editorial projects. 

Art Deco with a hint of Japanese influences and a sprinkling of fervid imagination, accompanied by a lot of good music, is the recipe of Francesca’s illustrations. She loves to move people with colours and astonish them with involving compositions. She usually uses digital techniques, but sometimes she likes to come back to paper and her beloved watercolours.

When Francesca leaves her world of fantasy, she likes to discover the many wonders that are waiting for her! She is very curious about everything and she finds inspirations for her illustrations in every corner of the world.
Thank you to Lara at ITSME for helping with the 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.