About the dPICTUS team

dPICTUS was founded in the South of England by brothers Sam McCullen (illustrator, writer and designer) and Jon McCullen (designer and web developer). The platform was developed with generous feedback and guidance from a small group of international publishers and agents.

From 2018, we’re working with picturebook specialists from different countries – curating outstanding titles on dPICTUS and selecting picturebooks to be exhibited at book fairs.

Alongside the dPICTUS platform, we run a blog and online gallery called Picturebook Makers – where many of the world’s finest picturebook artists talk about the creation of their books. Contributing artists include Jon Klassen, Kitty Crowther, Shaun Tan, Beatrice Alemagna, Blexbolex, Bernardo P. Carvalho, Carll Cneut, Eva Lindström, Isol, Jimmy Liao and Carson Ellis. The Picturebook Makers resource is an ongoing celebration of international picturebooks and their creators.

dPICTUS LION by Kitty Crowther

Illustration: dPICTUS LION by Kitty Crowther


“Since our first of many visits to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, we’ve been captivated by the beautiful, innovative, powerful, diverse, touching and challenging picturebooks being published around the world. With dPICTUS and the Picturebook Makers resource, we’re dedicated to helping these outstanding picturebooks reach new markets and captivate new readers.”

Sam McCullen

Co-founder