So here it is finally, part three of The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, Aldridge's Tour de force that earned him a Whitbread Award. He also created two more books; The Peacock Party and The Lion's Cavalcade which were sequels.
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast was also turned into a concept album by Roger Glover and performed as a Rock Opera in 1974 and 1975. The cover art for the album was the illustration Aldridge did for the cover of this book.
Here are the rest of the images from the book:
"The Most Wonderful Tune in the World"
"The Grasshopper's Feast"
"Shelly Snail and Swallowtail"
"The Butterfly Ball"
There's so much to look at in Aldridge's illustrations that I don't even know where to start. You can see a resemblance to illustrations of old, yet they are totally modern. His pure unadulterated color, lavish illustrations, expertise and psychedelic style say it all. He really is the man with kaleidoscope eyes.
image via computer arts (with 2008 interview)
image via BeatBooks.com
The Peacock Party
image via Bibliomania
The Lion's Cavalcade
image via debut art
Under the Influence: God of Graphics Alan Aldridge (by Kirsten Andersen at Hi Fructose Magazine)
Please refer back to part one and two of this post on The Butterfly Ball and The Grasshopper's Feast and Alan Adridge for more links.