Artist Showcase: Kevin McGivern (The Office)

As you’ve probably heard, even though Ricky Gervais ended The Office while it was ahead and has moved on to other TV shows, films, and standup tours, he’s not ready to put the character David Brent to bed. We recently saw him perform as David Brent the musician, and he’s released Life on the Road, a David Brent spin-off movie, which comes with an album and songbook.

In celebration, we’re highlighting the artwork of Kevin McGivern, who’s done a collection of stunning digital paintings of characters from The Office


Kevin says, “I have been a huge fan of The Office since it was first aired on television. I had never seen anything in the ‘mockumentary’ style before. In fact, when I first watched it, I wasn’t sure if it was a real documentary! I just loved the humour and how the writers, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, used those awkward moments as sources of humour. The writing in this show was so good and all of the characters were really strong. This was the inspiration behind painting this series. Because each character has such a defined personality, I thought fans of the show would appreciate showing them this way. I wanted to include the clothing on the characters or items they are holding that only fans of the show would understand. For example, Gareth Keenan wearing the helmet, or Keith holding the scotch egg.

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“My technique is pretty much always the same. I start off with a sketch phase on paper, roughing out the pose etc. of the character. Working out what would suit the character best. I then go to Photoshop and sketch with my Wacom Intuos 4 tablet, the final image. Then it’s a value block-in, in monotone, just to get the lighting right and that the character reads as who it is supposed to be! When the image is around 60% complete, I glaze over colour layers gradually ‘bringing the character to life.’ The final stage is adding the details.
“The series has had a great reaction on social media, and Ricky Gervais himself has retweeted every painting. I have also received personal messages from Ewen Mackintosh (a.k.a. Keith) and Ralph Ineson (a.k.a. Finchy).”

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