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 Methods of Transit April 10 2020

Publishing Featurette

How we get where we need to be is a decision we make and part of our everyday lives. Whether we take the train, subway, drive a car, or take the ferry. Methods of transit are fundamental to our ability to work, play and connect!

Our Astounding artists have created stunning scenes depicting different modes of transportation, a wonderful ode to the power of transit and how it allows us to have connection. During this unprecedented time, we look forward to when we can again be able to safely travel to see friends and family. In the meantime, make sure to move; get creative and go for a solo run or bike ride!


Here are our artists in transit order:

Alisha Monnin – a traditional style matches the subject matter as these two painters venture on the subway to their next destination!

Addy Rivera Sonda – bold and bright, the shapes and energy of this piece are as joyful as can be!

 AndoTwin – riding on a double decker bus never looked so fun! AndoTwin captures a variety of expressions with some added humor as a few animals also make their way through the London streets!

Briana Arrington – a chic, modern take on these woman waiting on the platform. The turquoise hues really make the details of her outfit pop!

Elena Bia – a realistic portrayal of the many moments shared between travelers on ones daily commute.

Gloria Felix – a stunning sunset bike ride scene with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. What a perfect way to end the day in San Fran!

Hannah Marks – Hannah adds silliness that lights up this London city scene! There’s a fun layered style and pop up feel with so many lovely details to discover -like the giraffe who doesn’t quite fit inside the tour car!

Srimalie Bassani – moments we can all relate to! Srimalie illustrates a variety of stories as travelers and commuters patiently wait for their train to arrive at Central Station!

Taylor Barron – her geometric shapes and sharp angles give this an elevated, modern feel. Bright pops of color give this design a youthful and fun aesthetic!

Thais Damiao – All aboard! Thais captures a moment of a young traveler bidding farewell and the optimism of a new destination ahead to be discovered!


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.