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!

Spotlight on New Artist Sam G.C. March 3 2020

New Signing

We’re Excited to Have New Artist Sam G.C. Join Astound!

IMG-20190518-WA0012 (1)They say that to create art is not stopping playing. Sam has been playing around with brushes and stories in his head since he was a kid and he hasn’t stopped yet. That’s the key for the ultimate happiness!

Thanks to his dad, he started reading comics from a young age, and already in his early years, he
decided to become an author myself.

His most demanding critics now are his three kids, Noël, Otto and Frida, which he always present
his last creations (stories or drawings). If he can pull a smile from their faces, that means he is on the right path. Sam’s dear wife, Raquel Martín, who is a great illustrator, has helped his reach higher stakes in his art thanks to her constant advice and support.

He loves to tell stories, and he loves the chemistry that creates text and image, there is something primitive there that calls to our profound insticts and imprints a lasting memory in our minds.

He has worked in different industries; comics, videogames, kids illustration books, published in five different countries, focused on projects that bring something into the table (fugitives, minorities, kids education) and he is  always willing to take the next challenge.

Sam was born in 1978 in Gavà (Barcelona), and eight years ago, they moved to the beautiful island of Minorca. In its quiet shores, they found the peace and purpose to focus on their careers while raising a tribe of savage kids.


You can see more of Sam’s work here!


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.