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!

Astound Celebrates Earth Day! April 9 2020

News From Astound!

April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of EARTH DAY; a modern environmental movement which since 1970 has encouraged global awareness in an effort to protect this beautiful world we live in. In celebration of Earth Day and earth awareness we are featuring a selection of designs sharing profound messages and stunning scenic landscapes which are our duty to protect.


On Earth Day, we will be premiering a PDF booklet of these and more earth awareness images and sending those to all our clients. If you’d like a book, and are a publisher, please email as we would love to send you a copy.


Marta Alvarez Miguens – a sweet under the sea picture book scene and a nod to how heavily impacted our sea-life is by an overwhelming amount of plastic disposed in our oceans.

Junissa Bianda – she captures both concern and sweetness through the polar bear’s expressiveness. Incorporating a traditional aesthetic, she captures the delicate nature of the difficult reality of melting icebergs and how this is greatly affecting the livelihood of polar bears.

Asma Enayeh – with just a little love and care, we can make a big impact! Asma is conscientious about the environment and recycles at home, buys fresh and organic products to minimize the packaging, and reuses paper bags as much as she can. She also teaches her children about the importance of our actions to create a cleaner planet!

Addy Rivera Sonda – sending a powerful statement how things like carbon emissions, fossil fuels, food production have lead to significant changes in our climate and air quality.

Bonnie Pang – a touching learning moment between mother and daughter. Bonnie creates a scene of wonderment through her use of lighting; spreading a message to take care of the planet.

John Joseph – all living things need tender loving care to grow! A heartfelt scene with a hand drawn feel, John shows how with a little attention and nurturing, there will be rejuvenation and growth!

Vanessa Port – compositing is an effective way to reduce our carbon footprint. The vibrant color palette and lively shapes have us ready to learn more about the benefits of composting!

Katya Longhi – she creates a stunning contrast between man and nature. The vivid rainbow palettes bring the trees and sunset to the forefront sharing a message of hope at a time of necessary action for change.

Sumi Collina – a striking image with whimsical animals set against an alarming backdrop. Sumi uses a range of brilliant hues and sense of movement depicting wildfires and the detrimental effect they have as they rage uncontrollably, leaving ecosystems threatened.

Khoa Le – Khoa pays homage to the stunning spectacle that is the Northern Lights. Taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint now will ensure we are able to continue enjoying nature’s spectacular light show.


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.