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!

Black History Month: Women By Women February 23 2018

Top 10

Women By Women

10 Illustrated Portraits of Iconic African American Female Figures


This month 10 of our #astounding female artists have come together to celebrate Black History Month and the accomplishments of 10 incredible African American women throughout history. Each book illustrator has created a portrait of one of these remarkable women in their own unique style. Here at Astound US Illustration Agency, we are very excited to share this special series of illustrations with you. Women By Women 

Follow the links to see more wonderful work and children’s illustrations from the artists involved and read on to for introductions to each of the iconic figures they have chosen to honour. Women By Women 


Michelle Obama by Stella Koh

Married to the 44th President of the United States, Michelle Obama became the first African-American First Lady in history. Whilst in the White House, she launched a program, Let Girls Learn, supporting education rights for girls worldwide.

Maya Angelou by Valentina Jasinka 

Maya Angelou was an poet, singer, cook, writer, dancer, actor, composer, editor and civil rights activist for black and female rights.

Coretta Scott King by Khoa Le

Coretta Scott King was at the forefront of the modern Civil Rights Movement alongside husband Martin Luther King Jr.

Rosa Parks by Talitha Shipman

Rosa Parks was the famous activist who refused to obey public transport’s segregation laws; she went on to be recognised as ‘The First Lady of Civil Rights’.

Shirley Chisholm by Maribel Lechuga 

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, to represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven whole terms.

Althea Gibson by Lisa Manuzak

Anthea Gibson is today celebrated as the first great African-American player in women’s tennis. She was the first black tennis player to win the French and U.S Open titles as well Wimbledon in 1957.

Sojourner Truth by Riley Stark

Eventually escaping a line of slavery she was born into, Sojourner Truth was a prominent abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Her speech ‘Ain’t I A Woman?’ has survived as one of the most powerful speeches in history.

Madame CJ Walker by Yoss Sanchez

Entrepreneur, Madame CJ Walker, earnt the title of first black millionaire through her successful line of hair care products. She was also a philanthropist and partook in social and political activism.

Oprah Winfrey by Heather Burns

Coming from an abusive childhood, Oprah Winfrey has grown into a highly successful and influential television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.

Mae Jemison by Addy Rivera

As well being trained as an engineer and physician, Mae Jemison was the first African-American female NASA astronaut to travel into space.



Astound Illustration Agency Manhattan is a new kind of artist representation with offices in New York and London.  We aim high – to Astound – by being the illustration agency with the best contemporary children’s book illustrators and greeting card designers from around the world. As an international illustration agency we represent over 130 astounding freelance children’s illustrators, offering the perfect style for whatever your next project may be. Astound US – Drawn to better.