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 Puppies for International Puppy Day! March 22 2019

Top 10

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…


This weekend (23rd) we see the arrival of International Puppy Day! And for those of us in the office that love dogs this is a pretty exciting day! So what better way to celebrate this day full of snugs and hugs than with a selection of adorable illustrations from our Astound Artists.

So whether you are looking to commission a work featuring Man’s Best Friend, or are simply mad for those sweet puppers, we have a variety of styles and techniques that could fit your project.

At Astound, we are always happy to get our artists to sample. So if you are looking for an illustration of that endangered breed that just never crops up, or you have a particular vision in mind for your favourite Labrador character and his best Human friend, then be sure to let us know and we can find some one to fit.


Kelly Breemer – What’s more fun than playing with your ‘pawsome’ pal in the Autumn leaves? This little guy knows how to ask for his ball back

Marcin Piwowarski – Marcin’s use of texture adds energy and youth to this cute boy with his excited eyebrows.

Barbara Szepsi Szucs – This little dog knows she’s been a good girl, with a glint in her eye.

Hazel Quintanilla – Hazel’s pup wants to play with this small human, but they are more interested in taking a nap.

Wendy Leach – An assortment of puppies to cheer us up!

Alicia Teba – Alicia’s lovely illos reminds us of the importance of giving doggies a loving home by adopting instead of buying.

Gisela Bohorquez – A sneaky pup seems to have crept up onto the bed – however his little boy owner doesn’t seem to mind!

Alex Willmore – This simple but effective work makes great use of texture and colour. And who doesn’t love a dog in a top hat!

Rea Zhai – Rea has demonstrated her ability to draw a whole variety of breeds. Which one is your favourite?

Heather Burns – A sausage dog on a mission! Where is he off to with all those balloons…



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.