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!

A Very British Blog Post May 18 2018

Around the World

Celebrating the Royal Wedding with British themed Illustrations by UK based artists!


For those who don’t know, as well as our New York office, Astound also has a lovely office and agent team in the UK ! We also represent a wonderful collection of #Astounding British artists. As the Royal Wedding hysteria mounts, we wanted to jump on board and celebrate all things British. From double decker buses to cups of tea, we asked a selection of our UK based artists to create a series of British themed illustrations that capture what they love about their home !

Make sure to follow the links below to find out more about the artists ! You can find our full range of #Astounding artists here. Don’t forget to tweet us your favourite British themed illustration at @astound_us


Shane Crampton

Cornwall based artist Shane Crampton showcases her amazing talent for illustrating hair and greenery in this adorable London themes scene! We contrast of her colourful characters on the subtle line drawing background.

Sally Elford

Sally Elford’s favourite thing about living the UK is the natural beauty of it’s countrysides and coasts. Sally has used a reduced colour pallete, confident shapes and layered textures to perfectly capture the Lewes South Downs and the Seven Sisters’s cliffs.

Hannah Marks

Can you imagine a more surreal tour of London than a octopus driven bus ride past the houses of parliament! Hertfordshire based artist Hannah Marks never fails to entertain us with her weird and wonderful illustrations. We love the photo-collage backdrop to this fun-filled scene.

Alex Willmore

Northampton based artist Alex Willmore has illustrated two classic British activities, drinking Tea and BBQ’ing on an unpredictable summers day! We love his charming animal characters and think they’d make a wonderful duo in a rainy day picture book!

Alice Wong

We are in love with Wales based artist Alice Wong’s illustration of England’s hectic capital city! Alice’s wonderful winter scene is full of fun hidden details, such as the cat watching out the window at the festivities below.

Katie Wood

Leicester based artists Katie Wood has perfectly captured a British staple, a summers day at the seaside (with the traditional seagulls and sandcastles)! We love her soft colour palette and quirky line drawn details.



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.