James and I created the cover art for his first cassette LP, Catharsis, in my dining room in Hopatcong. This was early days of both Photoshop and the Internet. I can’t remember if we sat down with the intention of creating an album cover, or we were just messing around. But the above art started with a image of a tomato.
We started applying filters and tweaking the image and ended up with this:
Then we started experimenting with text overlays..
We started with the above text, and then started tweaking and applying textures.. We found this cool image of a dry lake bed:
Once we masked off the letters from this texture, we ended up with this:
Applying that directly onto the “tomato” image resulted in:
I don’t really remember the rationale, but we put a few more filters onto the text until we ended up with (what I believe is) the final art:
That’s at least how I remember it. The dates on these files are from August 23rd, 1995, but I don’t know if that date is reliable.