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!

Wimbledon 2019, Illustrated June 28 2019

Top 5

Dust off your whites!

The courts are mowed, the tennis balls are bouncy, the Pimms is fresh – the Wimbledon Championships is upon us! While we’re not all lucky enough to get tickets, we thought our Astounding Artists could give you access-all-areas to the whole Wimbledon experience. For those who’ve never watched the Championships before, consider this our lowdown of the drama and excitement that unfolds for everyone involved.


John Joseph – If you manage to get on court, every dedicated fan knows to wait by the player exit so they can sneak in a signature on their giant tennis ball.


Hannah Marks – Watching tennis can be thirsty work, but the one thing every fan craves is a refreshingly cool bowl of strawberries and cream. Yum!


Barbara Szepesi – The drama doesn’t always come from a cheeky dropshot over the net, tensions can often rise when players disagree with the umpire.


Chiara Fedele – Wimbledon has a rich history of women’s tennis as well as men’s, with players like Suzanne Lenglen leaping across the court in an outfit that would be unthinkable at the tournament today!


Forrest Burdett – We don’t even want to think about how unorganised matches would get without the well-trained ball boys and girls on court, who in real life have to reign in a lot of distractions to do their job…


Elena Bia – And at the end of it all, two players will triumph over all the others, standing on the balcony in front of the fans and the cameras with their glittering trophies!


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.