The Princess’s Gambit is another “off camera” scene from Chris Trevas and shows our intrepid heroes aboard the Millennium Falcon planning their bold rescue of Han Solo before the events of Return of the Jedi.
Chris Trevas says “I love the beginning of Return of the Jedi, as each of our heroes makes it to Jabba’s palace leading up to Han’s rescue. I wanted to show how each seemingly sacrificial move was accounted for, so that everyone was in place to win the day. This is the coordination of one half of the team. Lando has snuck away from the palace with important recon from inside. Chewie has been on the Falcon as their Tatooine base of operations. Leia is in place as leader, wearing her general’s uniform, making final preparations.
“With the scene in mind, I figured out poses and found character reference with perfect expressions to convey the emotions I wanted. I painted the piece digitally, keeping in mind the lighting and visual style of the movies to make it feel like a piece of film we just missed. While I’m working I can almost hear what the movie would sound like at this moment, and my goal is to make that happen for the viewer as well.”
Chris Trevas has to be one of my favourite Star Wars artists and that this print takes place on the Falcon makes this an easy one to want. Limited to an edition size of 250, these are generally bought on the Dark Ink site and collected at the event. I’ll check Chris’s website after the event to see if any unsold prints, or artists proofs become available.