Finding Joy with Gary Andrews

Gary Andrews (A.K.A. @GaryScribbler) is an artist, cartoonist and animator who was widowed when his wife Joy died suddenly of sepsis in late 2017. His Doodle-A-Day drawings began as a way for Gary to deal with his grief and make sense of family life without Joy – sharing these snapshots with complete candour as he and his children came to terms with their loss.

Gary’s raw, honest, and sometimes hilarious, daily sketches resonated with thousands of people all over the world and Doodle-A-Day became an overnight phenomenon.

From learning how to juggle his kids’ playdates and single-handedly organising Christmas, to getting used to the empty side of the bed, Gary’s honest and often hilarious illustrations have touched the hearts of thousands on social media. Now, a collection of his sketches have been published in Finding Joy, a book which tells the story of how one family learned to live again after tragedy.

Heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting, Gary’s collection of tender illustrations born from the tragic loss of his wife document grief and family life with grace and beauty.

Gary talks about his new book with Dr Lesel Dawson, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bristol.


Dr Lesel Dawson

Facilitator Gary Andrews (c) Noelle Vaughn Photography

Gary Andrews