Artist Spotlight: Chris Trevas

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 Force

“His Father’s Lightsaber,” from The Essential Guide to the Force

The Spirit of Obi-Wan Force

The Spirit of Obi-Wan, from The Essential Guide to the Force

Palp Plagueis 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.

Tholme Quin Force

 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.

Krayt Talon Force

Darth Krayt (Right) and Darth Talon, from The Essential Guide to the Force

Both are originally from Dark Horse’s “Legacy” comics.

Leia Interogation Force

Leia Interrogated on the Death Star, from The Essential Guide to the Force 

Revan Malak 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.

Dooko SifoDyas Force

Dooku and Sifo-Dyas, from The Essential Guide to the Force

This was Sifo-Dyas’s first full depiction.

Convocation Zonama Force

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 Atlas

Rogue Squadron, from The Essential Atlas

Mandalorians Atlas

Mandalore the Indomitable, from The Essential Atlas

Mandalore the Indomitable is originally from Dark Horse’s “Tales of the Jedi”

Revan Malak Atlas

Revan and Malak, this time from The Essential Atlas

Kir Karnor Atlas

Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax, from The Essential Atlas

Kanos and Jax are originally from Dark Horse’s Crimson Empire.

Han Chewie Atlas

Han Solo and Chewbacca, from The Essential Atlas

Young Lando 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 Valentines

Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker, originally created to accompany a short story by Timothy Zahn released online for Valentine’s Day

Old Luke         Mara Atlas

Ben Atlas

The Skywalker Clan: Grandmaster Luke, Mara Jade, and Ben

All from The Essential Atlas

Mara Funeral Force

The Funeral of Mara Jade Skywalker, from The Essential Guide to the Force

Etain Darman Companion

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

Maul Darsha Assant

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.

Arica and Dancers

Mara Jade in disguise as Arica, from The Essential Reader’s Companion

Clone Lancer Trooper Insider 84

Clone Lancer Trooper, originally from Star Wars Insider #84

Arc Trooper Insider 84

Captain Fordo, from Star Wars Insider #84

Both Fordo and the Lancer trooper were featured in the 2-D Clone Wars Microseries

Blade Squadron Destroyer Insider 150

Blade Squadron Insider 150

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.

Twilek AliensKaleesh Aliens

A Twi’lek and Kaleesh, both from The New Essential Guide to Alien Species

The Deal SW Galaxy Series 7

“The Deal,” from Star Wars Galaxy Series Seven

Last Look Back

“Goodbye Alderaan” from Star Wars Galaxy Series 6 

The Hunter and His Prey

“The Hunter and His Prey,” Celebration V Exclusive Print

His Vision Returns

“His Vision Returns,” Celebration VI Exclusive Print


“The Folly of TK-421,” Celebration Anaheim Exclusive Print

Never Tell Me The Odds 

“Never Tell Me the Odds,” created for’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.

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