This is the first of what will hopefully be a weekly installment here on Galactic Academy. There’s an awful lot of excellent art out there based off of the Star Wars universe, and the goal of each of these posts will be to profile and show off the work of some of my favorite artists. The first artist I’ll be profiling is Chris Trevas. Chris has been an official Star Wars artist since 1995, and is perhaps known for his work illustrating Star Wars reference books, along with his incredibly popular exclusive prints at the last few Star Wars Celebrations. Being that he’s done lots of illustrations for the “Essential Guide” series, he’s done a lot of work with Expanded Universe characters, occasionally providing readers with their first good looks at characters. That sort of thing may not be for everyone, but I’m quite the fan. I’ve taken all of these images from Chris’s Facebook page, but I’ll also try to include the original source with each description.
“His Father’s Lightsaber,” from The Essential Guide to the Force
The Spirit of Obi-Wan, from The Essential Guide to the Force
Palpatine and Darth Plagueis, from The Essential Guide to the Force
This is one of , if not the first, depiction of Palpatine’s master.
Quinlan Vos and Tholme, from The Essential Guide to the Force
Quinlan Vos is one of Dark Horse’s most notable characters, and I’ll be discussing him in future posts.
Darth Krayt (Right) and Darth Talon, from The Essential Guide to the Force
Both are originally from Dark Horse’s “Legacy” comics.
Leia Interrogated on the Death Star, from The Essential Guide to the Force
Darth Malak (Right) and Darth Revan, from The Essential Guide to the Force
Both are originally from the video game “Knights of the Old Republic.”
I love it dearly, and Revan happens to be my favorite character in the Star Wars universe.
Dooku and Sifo-Dyas, from The Essential Guide to the Force
This was Sifo-Dyas’s first full depiction.
The Conclave on Zonama Sekot, from The Essential Guide to the Force
Scene originally from The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force
I mainly included this because of the cavalcade of EU Jedi featured.
Rogue Squadron, from The Essential Atlas
Mandalore the Indomitable, from The Essential Atlas
Mandalore the Indomitable is originally from Dark Horse’s “Tales of the Jedi”
Revan and Malak, this time from The Essential Atlas
Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax, from The Essential Atlas
Kanos and Jax are originally from Dark Horse’s Crimson Empire.
Han Solo and Chewbacca, from The Essential Atlas
Portrait of the Con Artist as a Young Man, from The Essential Atlas
Yes, I came up with that myself, and yes, I was way too pleased about it
It is somewhat disconcerting seeing Lando without a mustache , no?
Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker, originally created to accompany a short story by Timothy Zahn released online for Valentine’s Day
The Skywalker Clan: Grandmaster Luke, Mara Jade, and Ben
All from The Essential Atlas
The Funeral of Mara Jade Skywalker, from The Essential Guide to the Force
Etain Tur-Makan and Darman Skirata, originally from The Essential Reader’s Companion
Scene originally from Republic Commando: Hard Contact
From Right: Toryn Farr, 4-LOM, and Zuckuss, from The Essential Reader’s Companion
Scene originally from “Of Possible Futures: The Tale of Zuckuss and 4-LOM,” featured in Tales of the Bounty Hunters
Darth Maul vs. Darsha Assant, from The Essential Reader’s Companion
Scene originally from Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
This piece was featured on a poster given away at Star Wars Reads Day in 2014.
Mara Jade in disguise as Arica, from The Essential Reader’s Companion
Clone Lancer Trooper, originally from Star Wars Insider #84
Captain Fordo, from Star Wars Insider #84
Both Fordo and the Lancer trooper were featured in the 2-D Clone Wars Microseries
Two images created for “Blade Squadron,” a short story featured in Star Wars Insider.
Incidentally, I believe that Blade Squadron was actually the first piece of material featured in the new canon.
A Twi’lek and Kaleesh, both from The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
“The Deal,” from Star Wars Galaxy Series Seven
“Goodbye Alderaan” from Star Wars Galaxy Series 6
“The Hunter and His Prey,” Celebration V Exclusive Print
“His Vision Returns,” Celebration VI Exclusive Print
“The Folly of TK-421,” Celebration Anaheim Exclusive Print
“Never Tell Me the Odds,” created for starwarsshop.com’s 30th Anniversary series for The Empire Strikes Back. I actually had a chance to buy an Artist’s Proof copy of this when first released, but decided it was too rich for my blood. Now I’m a sucker and no longer would have such reservations.
-Despite my love of his work, I don’t actually have any prints from Trevas, though I did buy some work based off his art for Star Wars Miniatures for my brother Jack.
-If you are interested in buying work from Chris, might I suggest looking here.