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 Treasure Hunt Illustrations of the Week June 18 2018

Top 5

This week our artists have been busy creating new, available treasure hunt illustrations. We are excited to present 5 adventure filled images that showcase a variety of styles and stories! Sometimes it just takes one illustration to spark your imagination and generate a new narrative. From spooky attics to deep sea diving, each of these artists have us hooked with with their skilfully designed treasure hunt scenes. Follow the links in the descriptions to see more of each artists work and don’t forget to tweet your favorites @astound_us #AstoundTop5 #TreasureHunt


Anna Kubasweska

Anna’s deep purple palette and clever use of lighting give her illustration an eerily exciting atmosphere, perfect for a nighttime treasure hunt ! Every time you look at this scene there’s a new fun detail to discover, our favourites being the mischievous mice and eyes peaking out from behind the rafters.

Ashley Stewart

Ashley Stewart’s treasure hunt illustration takes us deep into the rainforest and hints to an incredible discovery just out of view ! Her rich, deep colour palette also adds to the sense of mystery and adventure. We love the unusual ruins illustrated in the background.

Barbara Szpesi Szucs

Barbara’s illustration uses a bright array of colours and a quirky composition to make this story stand out from the crowd. We love the the range of personalities in her characters and the exotic foliage that they’re nestled between.

Alex Lopez

This elaborate treasure hunt scene is filled to the brim with energy and urgency ! Alex perfectly toes the line between scary and fun with his and menacing mummy and gang of explorers. We love the determined expression and body language of his brave main character.

Monica Brito

New signing Monica Brito takes us into the dark depths of the ocean in her atmospheric illustration. Her creative use of light and dark helps to direct the narrative and capture our imagination! What hidden treasures could be inside that glowing shell?



Astound Artists 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.