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 School Scenes August 30 2017

Top 5

Too Cool for School!

With Labor Day coming up, many of our young readers are getting ready to head back to school.  This week, we’re inspired by the excitement of the season with our Top 5 School Scenes! Check out more of these artists’ work in their linked bios! Don’t forget to check back in next week for new Astounding Artwork and feel free to tweet your favorites @astound_us #astoundTop5 #kidsillustration

Nadia Ronquillo‘s First Day of School  – We love the details that Nadia has put into her work to give the feel of an unprepared first day of school. Her bold colors, strategic use of pattern, and portrayal of emotion makes this image both relatable and humorous.

Maribel Lechuga‘s Field Trip - Class trips often sparked a sense of excitement and wonder, something that Maribel depicts expertly in her work. From the subtle details of the window reflections to body language of the characters, it’s no wonder why we chose this for our Top 5 this week.

David Arumi‘s Chaotic Classroom - David is well known for creating busy scenes that are bustling with excitement. We love how he’s captured the chaos that is an elementary school classroom by including so many different elements and activities.

Junissa Bianda‘s Classmates - We always love Junissa’s adorable illustrations and this week is no different! She masterfully illustrates a range of emotions from these curious toddlers: curiosity,  joy, wonder, awe and surprise.

Bao Luu‘s Art Lesson - We’re not sure what he’s going to draw next but we love the excitement that Bao gives his character upon selecting his pastel! Bao himself shows that he’s no stranger for picking the right colors with his subtle yet affective shading and consistent light sources.