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 Cheeky Monkeys for International Monkey Day! December 14 2018

Top 5

Join us in Celebrating International Monkey Day!

What with all the preparations for Christmas, you could be forgiven for forgetting it’s International Monkey Day! Monkey Day has been celebrated since 2000 and originated when Michigan State art student, Casey Sorrow wrote “Monkey Day” on his friends calendar as a prank. However, every year since, Monkey Day has been observed internationally as a day to celebrate primates. We wanted to join in by putting together our Top 5 favourite illustrations of cheeky monkeys!

Make sure you check out more from these artists’ by clicking the links below to see their full portfolio’s! Don’t forget to tweet your favorites @astound_us #AstoundTop5 #CheekyMonkeys #MonkeyDay


Agatha Meles

This realistic depiction of a mother and baby uses soft texture and light to make this illustration come to life. We just love the light shining through the baby’s ear!


These cheeky monkeys are precarious as they balance atop a wobbly tower of chairs. It’s great to see the variation of family characters in the picture frames.

Cedric Abt

These monkeys love a hat! And each monkey has its own unique one showing off each personality.

Gisela Bohorquez

These monkeys are more sleepy than cheeky. But we love how peaceful the scene is with the large moon in the background.

Guilherme Franco

This monkey is strong and full of character. He looks like he is a monkey on a mission! You can almost feel the story unfolding around him.


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.