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 Monica Garofalo! October 4 2019

Featured Artists

We are Excited to Welcome A New Astounding Artist to the Team: Monica Garofalo!


foto profiloMonica Garofalo was born, lives and works in Trento, a city in northern Italy and deals with illustration and graphics. Her father was a painter and he conveyed to her the joy and passion for painting, art and music, teaching her the joy of colors and imagination from an early age; in every picture by her father there is always a small leaf or a flower designed by her! She graduated in Graphic Design and Multimedia at the LABA academy and honed her innate skills by participating in various artistic training courses, illustration courses and becoming certified in digital graphics.

She was selected in the years 2014 and 2015 for the two exhibitions at MAG in Riva del Garda of the two contests of the Notte di Fiaba. She came in second place in the competition organized by Lucca comics for Sammontana in 2014, and was selected in the “Libraries in fiore” competition of 2018.

She worked for ten years for a Roman publishing house as an illustrator and editorial graphic designer, with the publication of various illustrated books for children. She is also involved in creative workshops for children, both in public events and in summer facilities, and currently teaches adults a vectorial illustration, graphics and visual communication, at companies and for private individuals.

In her work she uses various digital software, but she has not abandoned paper and colors completely, enjoying working with acrylic and oil pastels in particular. She collaborates with publishers creating illustrations for picture books, fairy tales and magazine covers.

In her spare time she divides her time between house cleaning, her three children, her husband, two dogs and a cat. She likes to sing and was a soloist in a band.  


You can see more from Monica here!

Thanks to Lara at ITSME for helping with the signing of Monica!

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.