“Hutt” — Original Artwork from Star Wars Kids Magazine by Chris Trevas
Chris Trevas is probably most well known to many for his prints from Celebration V (“His Vision Returns”) and VI (“The Hunter and His Prey”), both of which are stunning. (I tend to like original artwork more than prints, and I don’t really have any more wall space for large pieces like these prints, but otherwise I probably would have bought them.) But Chris has actually been doing Star Wars art for close to 20 years.
This piece is one of his earlier ones, and was used in Issue #3 of Star Wars Kids Magazine from 1997. (I previously wrote about issue #13, which had Jabba on the cover.)
Here’s the article it was used for. Chris did a series of illustrations for various alien species from Star Wars, and this was one of them. It’s a lot more impressive in person than you might think from the magazine, though, since the actual art piece is 8 x 5.5 inches, while the version in the magazine is only a couple of inches across. It’s done in acrylic and colored pencil.
I’m not sure if he created this with Jabba himself in mind or if it was intended just to be a generic hutt. The Rodian on the right certainly appears to be depicting Greedo, so it might be Jabba. [EDIT: Chris later got back to me to confirm that it is a generic Hutt.] Either way, it’s a very impressive piece and one I’m happy to have in my collection.
As a side note, I found it interesting that the article mentioned that hutts are like kangaroos and “stay in their mother’s pouch while they are growing.” I believe they later said that hutts were asexual and can’t really be considered male or female.