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 Kelly Caswell September 18 2018

Featured Artists

KellyCaswellPhotoKelly Caswell : New Astound Artist


I’m a country girl based in Somerset and work from my home studio in the seaside town of Clevedon,UK. After completing an Illustration degree at Plymouth University I worked at a publishers in Bath before going freelance.

Before I start work, I like to tune into an audiobook and make sure I have a cuppa ready to begin my day. I tend to start off projects with lots of sketches and then finalise the drawing digitally, this is where I enjoy experimenting with colour, texture and adding in extra details to the drawing.

Over the past nine years I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on a wonderful variety of projects and have created artwork for storybooks, novelty books, games, toys and greetings cards.

I illustrated the book Kat’s Great Act, which was part of the Bug Club Series that won an award for ‘Best use of Multimedia’ at the British Book Design & Production Awards.

Outside the world of illustration I love food, hot water-bottles and dressing gowns! I’m also head chef and chief den maker for my two little monkeys!



Check out more work from Kelly Caswell here!