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!

Top 10 Beach Day Illustrations June 8 2018

Top 10


As summer approaches our #AstoundingArtists are headed to the beach! From sandcastles to snorkelling to fighting off the seagulls, there are endless seaside activities to illustrate. This week we are excited to present 10 new, unpublished beach day illustrations. Each one showcases a unique, trend forward style and celebrate the fun times ahead! Follow the links in the descriptions to see more of each artists work and don’t forget to tweet your favorites @astound_us #astoundTop10 #beachday


Maria Perera

Maria dials up the colour in this lively beach party illustration, we love her confident composition and fun use of pattern.

Alexandra Bye

Alexandra’s beach day illustration uses sepia tones and an interesting perspective to create the perfect sense of summertime nostalgia.

Karl West

We love all the different facial expressions in Karl’s action packed illustration. His curved horizon adds a extra quirky twist to his busy beach scene.

Cristina Storti Ganjani

Cristina’s beach day illustration celebrates the innocent quality of hand drawn illustration, we love how she’s tied the scene together with pops of green.

Kat Uno

Kat Uno has perfectly captured the joy of a girly trip beach with friends, we love her vibrant, experimental colour palette.

Laura Bobbiesi

Laura’s illustration is full of traditional charm.Our favourite details are the dolphins in the distance and that poor dad, buried in the sand.

Letizia Rizzo

Letizia showcases her talent for beautifully bustling compositions in this complex beach scene. There are so many unique details to explore!

Monica De Rivas

Monica’s playful viewpoint allows us to see this peaceful ocean scene from both above an below. We love her colourful variety of underwater friends.

Odessa Sawyer

We love the sophistication of new signing Odessa Sawyer’s beach day illustration and the romantic quality of all the little character in the distance.

Talitha Shipman

Talitha’s palm tree filled beach looks like a true paradise! Our favourite detail is the little girl floating away with the kite.


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.