Former Disney animator Gary Andrews has created a touching tribute to his dead wife through a series of emotional-filled drawings.
The 57-year-old, who sadly lost his wife to sepsis in 2017, used his artistic skills to document his life from the excitement of a new relationship to the death of a loved one.
Hand-drawn in pen, the tear-jerking compilation of pictures documents the couple’s life together, and the struggle Gary faced after becoming a single father to his two beautiful children.
The moving video, which has been shared on YouTube, shares intimate details of their lives together, from their marriage in 2004, to the birth of their first child in 2007 and their second in 2010.
However, the pictures take a heartbreaking turn as Gary describes Joy’s death from the terrible disease in October of 2017 and the battle the now family-of-three faced.
Drawings of the family cuddling and crying on the couch highlight the initial pain and shock after the death of a loved one. While others showcase how difficult it was for the father to readjust his life without his beloved wife.
“Riding the grief rollercoaster is quite a ride… but I feel you guiding me,” one of the pictures reads.
While other drawings of the father and his two kids walking along together are paired with text which reads: “Life may have thrown me a curve ball but we will face the future… together”.
Speaking to the BBC recently, Gary explained he began the “doodles” three years ago, while his wife was still alive. The animator said he would draw one image a day, whether it be a funny, happy or a sad moment.
“From the day she [Joy] died I thought I owe her this to carry on [the drawings],” he said on the program.
“Just putting it down let that little bit of grief go… I wanted to remember everything.”
Since then Gary has continued to share snippets of the drawings on social media.
“I am grateful that this has become a place of peace and comfort, not sadness. It’s a really beautiful spot that many of her friends come to as well to feel close to her again. And we really do. It’s so evocative of her,” he wrote in a post which was paired with a picture of a tree.
I am grateful that this has become a place of peace and comfort, not sadness. It’s a really beautiful spot that many of her friends come to as well to feel close to her again. And we really do. It’s so evocative of her. #doodleaday #widowerlife #loveneverdies pic.twitter.com/iBvRjMUZ75
— Gary Andrews (@GaryScribbler) November 8, 2018
Twitter users across the globe have commended the artist on his drawings, with many sharing their own stories of heartbreak.
“Your journey touches my heart with a perfect bitter sweetness & I come away feeling a little more healed from my own losses in life as I see you tending yours,” one person commented.
While another added: “I just love the simplicity and honesty of your words together with your wonderful doodles. Just lovely.”