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 5 Back to School Illustrations September 18 2018

Top 5


The leaves are beginning to change as we wave goodbye to another wonderful summer. Here at Astound we are celebrating the new school year and all the new friends, knowledge and experiences it’s sure to bring with it. This week our #AstoundingArtists have captured the buzz of the classroom in our Top 5 Back to School Illustrations! Check out more from these artists’ by clicking the links below! Don’t forget to check back in next week for new Astounding Artwork and make sure to tweet your favorites @astound_us #astoundTop5 #BackToSchool


Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro’s animated, comic book inspired style is perfect for illustrating the buzzing nature of a lively classroom. His expressive characters show a range of emotions from curiosity to pride to concern (for a lost turtle!). Pedro has filled the scene with interesting details to explore, we love all of the different posters and school work on display.


Hazel Quintanilla

Hazel combines simple line drawing with a punchy limited colour palette to capture the excitement of the new school year. We love the confident composition of this illustration, particularly the flag waving into the distance. Our favourite detail is the subtle printmaking texture Hazel has incorporated into the yellow of the bus.


Alessia Trunfio

The characters in Alessia’s middle school scene (from the fantastic series Lucky 8) are filled with classic first day nerves. We love Alessia’s use of soft sepia lighting in the background to illustrate the changing seasons and it’s contrast to the purple toned main characters in the forefront.


Junissa Bianda

Junissa’s dinosaur school illustration is beyond adorable. We love the variety of characters, each offering a different activity for the viewer to enjoy! Junissa’s soft textures, complimentary colours and big signature eyes work together to create this warm welcoming scene.


Pat Corrigan

Pat’s classroom scene illustrates an older group of students and really captures the energy of a great lesson! His style incorporates subtle painterly texture and a confident use of line that draws in readers of all ages. We love Pat’s attention to detail, such as the open books and marked essays in the background.




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.