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 for Teacher Appreciation Day May 9 2019

Top 5

To Celebrate the People who Helped us on our Way, We’ve put Together a Top 5 for Teacher Appreciation Day!

With today being Teacher Appreciation Day, we wanted to celebrate the women and men who helped us get to where we are today. Supporting, comforting and inspiring, we all have that one teacher that made us believe in ourselves. An often undervalued member of society, teachers are crucial to the development of new politicians, doctors and artists for the next generation.

So here is a big Thank You to every teacher out there! We wouldn’t be here without you.

And if you think one of our artists could perfectly personify your favourite teacher, then get in touch with your Astound agent to check availability!


Kelly Caswell – School can sometimes be overwhelming, and it takes a sensitive teacher to understand that. Sometimes having a one-on-one chat is all a student needs to gain back their confidence.

Mari Lobo – To engage with a child’s imagination is the key to keeping a child interested. This teacher has pulled out all the stops with her use of costume and puppets – dedication to the cause.

Srimalie Bassani – Every student has a character, and the key to a good teacher is understanding and appreciating these differences. We love how Srimalie has created 26 different personalities for each student. The teacher seems to be coping well!

Patrick Corrigan – We all had that one teacher who knew how to inspire us with their own passion for a subject. And this teacher seems to have done just that as his students seem engrossed on the work of Shakespeare.

Chelen Ecija – Watching your students flourish is perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of the job. This teacher seems to be pleased with the active communication of her class.


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.