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 Ten(t) Camping Spots! June 27 2019

Top 10

Pitch your tents!

There’s something in the air, something in the sky that has us itching to get outdoors! Our illustrators are here with some inspiration on how to get there, who to bring with you, and what to look out for. You can hear them marching through the woods now, racing for the fields to get a good spot – or is that just the crowds descending on the sleepy English countryside for Glastonbury 2019? Either way, pitch up, have a browse, maybe have a go at starting your own festival around the fireplace! And when it gets dark you can start familiarising yourselves with the stars, ready for an astronomically exciting anniversary next month – keep an eye on the blog for that one…


Jake Souva – Bring whatever instrument you’ve got space for, you’d be surprised what a good audience the wildlife make!

Mari Lobo – Big or small everyone can help pack for your camping trip.

Alice Brereton – Camping 101, never turn away a camper from the campfire, everyone’s welcome.

Laura Bobbiesi – There comes a certain independence with camping, even kids can get in on the action!

Patrick Corrigan – Sing the stars a song, maybe you’ll see something up there, dancing along…

Thais Damaio – Make sure you’ve packed everything! You don’t want to be caught off guard as a solo camper.

Yee Von Chan – Maybe you’re in a big group, fortunate enough to be glamping with a film under the stars…

Yoss Sanchez – The location of your campsite is key, set up by a nearby river and you’ve got yourself a bath and a washing machine!

Katya Longhi – Sometimes half the fun is getting there, viewing the sights of the outdoors at speed.

Karl West – Who knows who’ll be enjoying your bonfire while you’re snoring in your tent…


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.