This manip was the first appearance of the mysterious Impero Research Institute that has been responsible for so much of the brainsmoothing throughout my work. This is very ironic in the sense that the Impero mythos has been, in my mind, steeped in a more technologically-plausible sort of mind control while the orgasm ray depicted here was decidedly fanciful.
At the time, I remember getting lots of comments on, and being very proud of, the puddle on the floor beneath the subject. It was a last-minute idea that I almost didn’t include. I did it more to play with the effect and see if I could execute it. I think this was a turning point in realizing that, if I was patient, I could accomplish more subtle, yet photo-realistic effects.