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 Silly Ghosts October 31 2018

Top 5

Ghosts Galore!

ghostHalloween is one of our favorite times of the year here at Astound, and we can’t help but give some love to the ever classic icon, the ghost! While some may find them spooky, and others scary, our #AstoundingArtists have made these haunting symbols lovable and silly. Take a look at some of our favorites (although it was very hard to choose!) and follow their linked names to see their online portfolios. If any of these illustrators would be a good fit for your upcoming projects, send an email over to to let us know!

Alex Willmore  –  A romantic stroll through a star lit forest sounds like any #dreamy date, even for our ghostly friends!

Karl West – Surprise! Karl’s silly ghost pops out of the attic walls (instead of taking the more traditional route via stairs) to startle his inquisitive friend.

Teresa Martinez – Ghosts are no match for Teresa’s fearsome boy! While they’re trying their hardest to spook him while they twirl about, nothing can phase him!

Ashley Stewart – Trick or Treat!? The choice is yours, but it looks like Ashley’s ghostly triad is out for treats.

Srimalie Bassani – We’re all friends here! Even with ghosts and mummies – they were once people too, you know!

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.