Alumnus creates Screamland imagery

29 October 2015

October is traditionally a month of pumpkins, broomsticks and preparing to be spooked for the Hallowe'en holiday, but for one Christ Church alumnus, the horror theme continues all year round.

Digital Media alumnus Dean Samed is now a professional illustrator, specialising in producing artwork for the genre of horror. Over the years, Dean has created macabre images for a variety of book covers, including renowned American contemporary horror and fantasy novelist, Stephen King, for his Dark Tower saga, and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Darkwatch comic book series.

Now, Dean has been commissioned to create the Hallowe’en artwork for the newly re-imaged amusement park, Dreamland, which has mutated into Screamland for the last two weeks of October.Dreamland contacted Dean after viewing his work of Margate, where he created a post-apocalyptic satirical scene of the town featuring the well-known landmark Arlington House as the centre-piece, controversially contrasting the vintage theme being promoted at the time.

Dean said: “It is really great to finally participate in local events and be part of the regional creative community. I was dissatisfied with the ‘vintage’ rhetoric being promoted district-wide and decided to create artwork presenting Margate as a post-apocalyptic wasteland, which gathered considerable viral traction.”

“Horror is my favourite genre in every respect. I have always been drawn to unsettling and macabre themes. I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pen and started digital imagery when I bought my first computer.”

Dean has been passionate about drawing since he was a child and started his career in publishing with Permuted Press, specialists in post-apocalyptic illustration. After ten years Dean decided to enhance his knowledge and skills by enrolling to study Digital Media at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Broadstairs campus.

On joining the University in 2011, and as a mature student, Dean was able to stay close to his family and friends, and able to carry on working part-time at a local secondary school. Dean is now studying for a Masters degree on the School of Media, Art and Design’s MA by Research Programme, with a focus on Digital Media and Fine Art.Dr Alan Meades is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at Christ Church and Dean’s supervisor. He said: “Dean has always had absolute determination and tenacity to follow his digital art career. He’s incredibly technically astute but most of all he’s learned to work closely with his clients – and I think that’s why he’s doing so well in the industry and working with the very best within the Horror genre”

Dean continued: “The Digital Media programme was great for me as I could study, work and see my family whilst gaining further qualifications. My advice to people thinking about studying for a media degree would be to get your money’s worth, attend every lecture and ask as many questions as you can as you will need this to build a presence in the creative industry.”

For 2016, Dean is working to create a body of work for an exhibition due to take place in Thanet, which will explore the ‘age of the millenial’, the effects of communication technology and how much it is reshaping society.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

  • The Digital Media programme at Canterbury Christ Church University aims to explore the field of the role of computers, the web, video games, digital television and smart phones. This exciting field, offering students a wide range of opportunities to engage with digital media in creative ways, while also evaluating the critical and theoretical shifts that go hand in hand with these new forms of media production.
  • Media, Art and Design by Research Masters degree

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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