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 Illustrations of ‘That Christmas Day Feeling’ December 25 2018

Top 5

We take a look at some of our best images epitomising ‘That Christmas Day Feeling’!

We all know the feeling – we’ve gotten up early to open our presents, maybe you’ve been out on a Christmas Day walk, or been round visiting family and relatives. One thing’s for sure is that by the end of the day your belly should be full of turkey, stuffing and Christmas Pudding!

We’ve selected some of our favourite images that epitomise this feeling and everything that comes with being at home for Christmas. Make sure to check out our artist’s full profiles by clicking their names. And remember you can always tweet us your favourites! @astound_us #AstoundingArtists #ThatChristmasDayFeeling #AstoundTop10


Daniela Dogliani

These furry creatures are playing with their toys after a what looks like a fun day including milk and cookies. We love their fun pyjamas!

Alessia Trunfio

This image perfectly illustrates the family dynamics that come about at Christmas. These siblings all seem eager to get a piece of the Christmas Pud! Alessia’s use of light here has also added to the drama of the scene.

Anna Abramsky

What’s better after a long festive day than a story. This sweet family scene oozes calm and coziness with the warm glowing light and the cute baby bears.

Katie Melrose

The main event is over and all thats left is to lie around and enjoy the rest of the day with family whilst maybe also catching a quick snooze. An open fire always helps!

Sara Gianassi

And as night falls there is just one last chance to see the Christmas Tree in all its glory with friends and family.



Emily, Aurora, Kate, Nicole and Rhiannon x

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.