Alferian is an active practicing druid. Not only that but he is also a 32nd degree freemason. Perhaps, most intriguing is that he is a wand maker. As many people in today’s culture would believe, wands are something that only exist in fictional tales. However Alferian owner and master wand crafter at Bard Woodcrafts is here to tell us about what it is he does as a wandmaker and the function of wands.
JackDirt: What does it entail to be a practicing druid in today’s industrial times?
Alferian: That depends a great deal on who you are and where you live. Druids in Britain, Scotland, and Ireland, for example, have the advantage of being on the home turf, so to speak. They can go to the many stone circles, fairy mounds, or other ancient monuments in the landscape to honor the ancient divinities and their ancestors. As an American, my situation is different because my blood ancestors only go back about four generations on this land and were interlopers who destroyed the natural environment in an attempt to make European-style farms and towns.
Excommunicate, proudly presents an interview with yet another incredibly talented artist, Keith Thompson. Keith is perhaps the most imaginative artist I have seen. Not only do his illustrations evoke a world of the fantastic and surreal but; he even goes the extra mile to write a background story to each one.
Keith is a freelance artist who’s been featured in Spectrum art annuals, as well as in Ballistics Publishing collections. He tends to work in publishing, film, and video games.
In 2005 he was featured in the Spectrum Art Exhibit held at the Museum of American Illustration in New York. His piece The Prophet was included in a set of art chosen from all the artwork of the past 11 editions of Spectrum.
JackDirt: Why don’t you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your background.
Keith Thompson: I’m English, grew up in Canada, currently in my early twenties, and I’ve worked my whole life as an artist.
JD: When did you first decide that you wanted to specialize in fantasy art and illustration? Do you dislike the term fantasy art?
I had gotten to the dock at around 12:30. I had no idea what time it was, I had only a few bucks in my pocket. For some unknown reason I left everything else at home. I looked up at the sun and then down at the giant compass on the ground. Thankfully I had when I was a child I learned to make a sundial. I used my self as the clock hand and faced north. Wow, it was already 3:30. “You know what that is?” Harry pointed off into the distance.
“A commercial fishing boat?” My friend was actually a commercial fisherman, and I knew the exact kind of boat it was.
“Commercial? Yeah, I suppose so. You know what it’s used for?”
“Drops a net and drags the fish in?”
“Nope, it looks like it could be but it’s actually for catching larger fish. You get one of those boats and a small crew. You could easily make about $8000 a day.”
“At what cost though? It takes years for those fish to develop, to grow.” Harry paused for a moment, I struck a chord and I knew I needed to stop. I shrugged my shoulders.
“You ever listen to Led Zeppelin?” I nodded “They were brilliant, I mean how did they know? It took me until I was 34 before I knew they were singing about Kundalini meditation.” Wow, I was completely floored, Harry knew about Kundalini yoga? “I spent a while practicing Kundalini meditation. How ’bout you you ever study any meditations?” I smirked.
“Come on let’s go see what they’re catching maybe I can cast.” We got to the edge of the pier and sitting on the edge were two girls. “You think I can convince them I lost my talking dog?” I looked at Harry then looked back, I really had no idea how he would enter into a conversation with these girls. I waited only a few moments before the two girls got up and walked off.