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Chris Trevas
Chris Trevas
Biographical information
Born

c. 1974[1]

Nationality

American[1]

Career
Occupation

Illustrator[2]

Companies

Del Rey, Dorling Kindersley, IDG Entertainment, Random House, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, Topps, West End Games, Wizards of the Coast[2]

Star Wars work

See list

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Trevas Illustration

"I consider myself extremely fortunate to be living that childhood dream today making my own mark in the Star Wars universe."
―Chris Trevas[src]

Christopher J. Trevas has been an official Star Wars artist since 1995. He began as an illustrator for West End Games's Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, producing artwork for publications such as Heroes & Rogues, the Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook, Instant Adventures, and the Star Wars Adventure Journal. He has contributed to numerous other projects, including Wizards of the Coast's Arms & Equipment Guide and their Star Wars Miniatures line, for which he designed many of the figures as well as the packaging art.

Some of Trevas's other works include Priority: X from Star Wars Galaxy 12, the "Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic," and A Two-Edged Sword, as well as two children's books: Meltdown on Hoth and Anakin to the Rescue. He is the author of the ongoing feature in Star Wars Insider magazine titled "Set Piece," which began in Star Wars Insider 54. More recently, Trevas co-illustrated The New Essential Guide to Alien Species with William O'Connor, Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force with Tommy Lee Edwards, and Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection. He has also illustrated the Legacy Era Campaign Guide by Wizards of the Coast and The Essential Atlas where he cameos as a Human in a game of holochess.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Chris Trevas was three years old when he first saw Star Wars in 1977, but claims that he has more memories of playing with the toys than of the films themselves. He always aspired to be an artist, initially interested in animation, but he later found that the drawing style did not suit him. Trevas took art classes throughout his school years and served as art club president in high school. After that, he attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. While in college, he created technical illustrations for automotive manuals and worked for a public relations firm. The first publication of his digital work came with his cover for Restructuring Electricity Markets: A World Perspective.[2]

A career in Star WarsEdit

HaveFunStorminDaCastle
An early Trevas drawing from Heroes & Rogues.

In 1994, when Lucasfilm began recruiting artists for Episode I's art department, Trevas submitted a portfolio including various alien sketches, but he was not hired at that time. However, at a science-fiction convention in 1995 in Chicago, Illinois, he shared his portfolio with West End Games, who at the time held the Star Wars role-playing license, and was hired by them a few months later.[2] Trevas produced interior artwork for numerous RPG books for them, including Heroes & Rogues, the Star Wars Adventure Journal, and supplements for The DarkStryder Campaign.

In 1996, Trevas graduated from college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration.[2] He then became a full-time freelance artist,[3] continuing to create interior art for West End's Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook, Shadows of the Empire Planets Guide, Instant Adventures, Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook - Special Edition, as well as cover art for Wretched Hives of Scum & Villainy, The Black Sands of Socorro and Cracken's Threat Dossier. In 1997, the year before West End Games' collapse, Trevas began doing work for other Star Wars licensees, including Priority: X for Topps' Star Wars Galaxy magazine and became a regular artist for Scholastic's Star Wars Kids magazine. He continued to branch out to other companies, illustrating Meltdown on Hoth for Golden Books and "The Unseen Planets of Star Wars" for Star Wars Insider.

In 1998, Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff created an unofficial fansite called "The Parts of Star Wars," a guide explaining how many of the props in the Star Wars films were made and how they could be recreated.[4] The next year, he illustrated Dig magazine's The Lost City of Tatooine and the Random House children's book Anakin to the Rescue. In 2001, Star Wars Insider called upon the expertise of Trevas and Reiff for a new section called "Set Piece," a recurring feature—beginning in issue 54—which takes a shot from one of the films and then points out behind-the-scenes facts about props and sets; it also features line art by Trevas of selected props. He also illustrated "Unseen Planets of Episode I" in issue 56, a follow-up to the 1998 classic trilogy article.

S5blaster
The S-5 heavy blaster pistol from the Arms & Equipment Guide; an example of Trevas's line art.

For Star Wars' 25th anniversary in 2002, Trevas wrote and illustrated "Star Wars Prop Art: Creating a Believable Universe" for the Celebration II souvenir book and created Star Wars art for Comic-Con's souvenir book. The same year, he began working for Wizards of the Coast, illustrating numerous weapons and technologies for their Arms & Equipment Guide. In 2003, he created the Jedi Temple computer screens that would appear in Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, published by Dorling Kindersley. In the following years, he would do more work for Wizards of the Coast: illustrations for Ultimate Adversaries and the Ultimate Missions series, for the latter of which he would design the accompanying figurines. Trevas was also one of the many artists who began drawing sketch cards for Topps, after a recommendation by his friend and fellow artist Joe Corroney.[2]

In addition to his regular "Set Piece" feature, Trevas illustrated three articles for Insider in 2005: "The Unseen Planets of Episode II," "Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic," and the short story A Two-Edged Sword. For the story, which featured lightsaber-wielding stormtroopers, Trevas created a physical lightsaber prop to use as reference.[5] He also created a work for Vader: The Ultimate Guide which shows Darth Vader ordering the execution of Owen and Beru Lars. For Celebration III that year, he created a piece called "The Circle is Now Complete." Trevas continued to contribute to the Wizards of the Coast RPG with either artwork or design sketches for their Champions of the Force, Bounty Hunters, and Starship Battles Miniatures series.

His visions returns Celebration VI art
Trevas's commissioned print for Celebration VI

In 2006, Trevas received from Del Rey his biggest Star Wars project yet: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species. Trevas created fifty-three species images—half of the images in the book; the other half were done by William O'Connor. Trevas's illustrations included the acklay, bantha, dewback, Human (based on his own likeness[6]), Kaleesh, rancor, Rodian, tauntaun, Twi'lek, and many others. Several of his aliens in the book were intended to be as-of-yet unnamed characters from his previous works.[6] For the 30th anniversary of Star Wars in 2007, Trevas was one of almost fifty artists to create a work for Celebration IV.[7] His piece, titled "Star Wars: 30 Years of the Force," celebrated A New Hope and was obviously inspired by an early promotional piece by Ralph McQuarrie. Prints of the work were sold in limited numbers at Celebration IV and Celebration Europe, both of which Trevas attended.[7][8]

Trevas's most recent work is Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force. The book, written by Ryder Windham, is illustrated by Trevas and Tommy Lee Edwards. The two evenly split the workload of 120 illustrations. Trevas, who came onto the project in January 2007, created sixty pieces for the book, with pieces including the funeral of Mara Jade Skywalker, the Jedi Academy confronting the spirit of Exar Kun, Shmi and Anakin Skywalker arriving on Tatooine, Jedi historian Tionne Solusar, a young Palpatine with Darth Plagueis, and many others. One of his favorite pieces was of Obi-Wan Kenobi's Force ghost visiting Luke Skywalker on Hoth.[9] Trevas again collaborated with Ryder Windham for Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection, which was released in August 2008. In 2009, Trevas worked as one of the artists on The Essential Atlas, alongside Ian Fullwood, Modi, and Chris Reiff.

Other worksEdit

Trevas has worked on a number of projects outside the Star Wars universe. He has done many illustrations for the Warhammer Collectible Card Game, including the WarCry, Horus Heresy, and Warhammer 40,000 sets. He has created various illustrations of all sorts for the Dungeon magazine. Trevas also made the poster artwork for the 2002 Bruce Campbell-produced independent film Hatred of a Minute, and he has done illustrations for several of Comic-Con International's souvenir books.[3]

Additionally, Trevas has worked for advertising agencies, creating work for the Detroit Zoo and television commercial storyboards for clients such as Ford, Jeep, and Minute Maid. Trevas even created team logos for two Arena Football leagues: the New Haven Ninjas and the New York Dragons.[3][2]

Mara-funeral
The funeral of Mara Jade Skywalker, an example of Trevas's detailed, full-color rendering style and attention to visual continuity for Expanded Universe characters.

StyleEdit

InfluencesEdit

Both as a child and in his professional career, Trevas cites Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie as one of his major influences. McQuarrie's work inspired him to concentrate on illustrating environments, not just characters. Another important influence, particularly because of his mixing of pencil and paint, was poster artist Drew Struzan. More recently, Trevas has looked to the work of digital artists such as Ryan Church and Craig Mullens.[2]

TechniqueEdit

The illustrative style of Chris Trevas has evolved over the years. While he used colored pencils during high school, he began to mix them with paint and eventually moved to using acrylic exclusively. Years later, Trevas switched to painting digitally in Adobe Photoshop via a Wacom drawing tablet. He also uses Adobe Illustrator for line art drawings.[2]

List of Star Wars worksEdit

West End GamesEdit

TitleYearContributionNotes
Heroes & Rogues1995Interior art
The Kathol Outback1996Interior art
Do No HarmInterior artFrom Star Wars Adventure Journal 10
The Capture of Imperial HazardInterior artFrom Star Wars Adventure Journal 10
The Kathol RiftInterior art
EndgameInterior art
The Farrimmer CafeInterior artFrom Star Wars Adventure Journal 11
The Longest FallInterior artFrom Star Wars Adventure Journal 11
Shadows of the Empire SourcebookInterior art
Shadows of the Empire Planets GuideInterior art
Instant Adventures1997Interior art
Introductory Adventure GameInterior art
Mos Eisley Adventure SetInterior art
Conflict of InterestInterior artFrom Star Wars Adventure Journal 13
The Last HandInterior artFrom Star Wars Adventure Journal 13
Wretched Hives of Scum & VillainyCover art
The Black Sands of SocorroCover art
Cracken's Threat DossierCover art
Special Ops: Drop PointsInterior artFrom Star Wars Adventure Journal 14
Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook: Special EditionInterior art

Wizards of the CoastEdit

TitleYearContribution
Arms & Equipment Guide2002Interior art
Ultimate Adversaries2004Interior art
Ultimate Missions: Rebel StormInterior art
Ultimate Missions: Clone Strike2005Interior art
Ultimate Missions: Revenge of the SithInterior art & figure design
Star Wars Miniatures: UniverseFigure design
Star Wars Miniatures: Champions of the Force2006Packging art & figure design
Star Wars Miniatures: Bounty HuntersPackging art & figure design
Star Wars Miniatures: Starship BattlesCard art
Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition Core Rulebook2007Interior art
Star Wars Miniatures: The Force UnleashedPackaging art
Scavenger's Guide to Droids2009Interior art

Star Wars InsiderEdit

#TitleYearContributionNotes
36"The Unseen Planets of Star Wars"1998Illustrations
54"Set Piece: The Mos Eisley Cantina"2001Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
55"Set Piece: Hoth Echo Base Main Hangar"Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
56"Unseen Planets of Episode I"Illustrations
"Set Piece: The Palace of Jabba the Hutt"Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
57"Set Piece: Imperial Star Destroyer"2002Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
58"Set Piece: The Death Star Trash Compactor"Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
59"Set Piece: Rebel Alliance Briefing Room"Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
60"Set Piece: Theed Palace Hangar"Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
61"Set Piece: Cloud City Carbon-Freezing Chamber"Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
62"Set Piece: The Millennium Falcon"Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
63"Set Piece: Dagobah"Writing and line artCo-written by Chris Reiff
64"Set Piece: Ewok Village"Writing and line art
65"Set Piece: The Outlander Club"Writing and line art
66"Set Piece: Jedi Council Chamber"2003Writing and line art
67"Set Piece: Jabba's Sail Barge"Writing and line art
68"Set Piece: Mos Eisley Spaceport Docking Bay 94"Writing and line art
69"Set Piece: Wampa Ice Cave"Writing and line art
70"Set Piece: Padmé's Coruscant Apartment"Writing and line art
71"Set Piece: Anakin's Hovel"Writing and line art
72"Set Piece: Death Star II: Emperor's Throne Room"Writing and line art
73"Set Piece: Yavin IV Rebel Base: Main Hangar"2004Writing and line art
74"Set Piece: Geonosis Hidden Hangar"Writing and line art
75"Set Piece: Moon of Endor: Imperial Bunker"Writing and line art
76"Set Piece: Hoth Battlefront"Writing and line art
78"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Jawa Sandcrawler"Writing and line art
79"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Theed Royal Palace"2005Writing and line art
80"The Unseen Planets of Episode II"Illustrations
"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Jango Fett's Apartment"Writing and line art
81"Technical Readout: Set Piece: A True Jedi Makes A Noble Sacrifice"Writing and line art
82"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Rebel Blockade Runner: Tantive IV"Writing and line art
83"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Mustafar: Main Control Room"Writing and line art
84"Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic"Illustrations
"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Geonosis Arena"Writing and line art
85"A Two-Edged Sword"Illustrations
"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Invisible Hand: Main Bridge"Writing and line art
86"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Chancellor's Holding Office And Senate Chamber"2006Writing and line art
87"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Order 66"Writing and line art
88"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Death Star II Main Hangar"Writing and line art
89"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Escape From Cloud City"Writing and line art
90"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Luke's Landspeeder"Writing and line art
91"Technical Readout: Set Piece: X-wing Starfighter"Writing and line art
92"Technical Readout: Set Piece: Rebel Snowspeeder"2007Writing and line art
93"Set Piece: Imperial TIE Fighter"Writing and line art
94"Set Piece: Naboo Royal Starship"Writing and line art
95"Set Piece: Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's Office"Writing and line art
96"Set Piece: Death Star Conference Room"Writing and line art
97"Set Piece: Kamino Platform"Writing and line art
98"Set Piece: Massassi Temple"Writing and line art
99"Set Piece: The Invisible Hand"2008Writing and line art
100"Set Piece: Watto's Shop"Writing and line art

Other worksEdit

TitleYearContribution
Star Wars Galaxy 12: Priority: X1997Illustrations
Star Wars Kids19972000Interior art
Meltdown on Hoth1998Illustrations
Star Wars: Behind the MagicOrd Mantell and Dantooine paintings
Dig: The Lost City of Tatooine1999Cover & illustrations
Anakin to the RescueIllustrations
Celebration II Souvenir Book: "Star Wars Prop Art: Creating a Believable Universe"2002Writing & line art
Comic-Con International Souvenir Book: Star Wars 25th AnniversaryInterior illustration
Topps' Star Wars Heritage2004Sketch cards
Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones2005Illustrated endpapers and computer screens
Celebration III - "Star Wars: The Circle is Now Complete"Limited edition print
Topps' Star Wars: Revenge of the SithSketch cards
Vader: The Ultimate GuideInterior art
The New Essential Guide to Alien Species2006Illustrations
Celebration IV / Celebration Europe - "Star Wars: 30 Years of the Force"2007Limited edition print
Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the ForceIllustrations
Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection2008Illustrations
The Essential Atlas2009Illustrations
Star Wars Blueprints: Rebel Edition2010Illustrations
Millennium Falcon Owners' Workshop Manual2012Illustrations

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