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 Halloween Characters October 15 2018

Top 10

Spectacular Spooky Illustrations!


All Hallows Eve is fast approaching and our #AstoundingArtists have been busy creating new, available Halloween themed illustrations. We are very excited to feature a selection of 10 illustrations showcasing wonderfully diverse and detailed characters that bring stories to life! Everything from delighted trick-or-treaters gathering treats, sweetly singing ghosts conducted by Count Dracula, to a charming witch casting spells in a haunted forest – the variety of styles our artists offer are endless. Happy Halloween from all of us at!


Follow the links in the descriptions to see the full selection of each artist’s work and don’t forget to follow us on social media! Tweet your favorites @Astound_Us #AstoundTop10 #AstoundingHalloween


Aleksandra Szmidt

Her sweet witch and ghost creation bring wonderful light and energy to a haunted forest.

Kat Uno

On a starry Halloween night, Kat incorporates a bright and fun color palette to her trick-or-treater and we love her pet pals!

Kelly Caswell

These trick-or-treaters showcase the excitement and joy children feel as their bags fill up with candy!

Mari Lobo

Such variety and delightful character interaction in Mari’s scene. We would like to join the fun too!

Alex Willmore

The detailed and beautifully still forest make for a stunning background, highlighting some booo-tiful tunes!

Daniela Dogliani

A joyful and fun creation as halloween characters enjoy their treats. The lovely texture make these bats look so real.

Yee Von Chan

The Grim Reaper and his skeleton friend are dressed for a night of adventure in Yee’s customary style.

Tommy Doyle

Such fantastic energy and character interaction between exuberant friends!

Manu Montoya

A lovely, traditional scene featuring animal and pumpkin friends on a journey lead by candlelight.

Talitha Shipman

A fun and sassy cat who’s ready to take on the Halloween festivities!


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.