About Becky

Hi! I'm Becky Murphy and I'm an illustrator and author in Austin, Texas. 

I was born and raised in Iowa, where I got my start as an avid doodler, positive thinker and pun-maker. My favorite books as a kid were The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss. 

I kept up with the drawing and went to Iowa State where I studied graphic design. Upon graduation, I landed a job in Waco, Texas where they paid me to doodle monsters on band shirts. It was a good move. Soon after, I wrote and illustrated my first book called I'd Rather Be Short. It's 100 reasons why it's awesome to be small. It was published by Plume Books (imprint of Penguin Random House) in late 2013 and is available where books are sold. Check it out here, here or here. I'm currently working on my second book, The Roommate Book (Andrews McMeel, Spring 2016).

Aside from my books and print shop, I spend most of my days working with wide range of clients on solving creative problems that usually involve illustration and hand lettering. Each project is as uniquely and thoughtfully crafted as the clients and ideas themselves. I see myself as an aid in a much bigger project—partnering with idea makers who truly make a difference. I operate and collaborate with intention. I strive to be a creative and generous leader in my industry. Work finds its space around life, not the other way around. 

This year I'm a creative resident for Adobe. My focus will be on making and selling my art. To learn more, check out this interview and this article.


Available for illustration, lettering and consulting. Shoot me an email at beckycmurphy@gmail.com if you'd like to discuss work or tell a good joke. 


Currently working on

Silly infographics for a non-profit, identities for creative visionaries, title page illustrations for another author's book and hand-lettering for a cool ad campaign. I'm looking forward to seeing what other creative projects are in store for 2015. 


Interested in

Speaking to elementary-high school classrooms to encourage kids in their creative pursuits. If you have any leads in Austin, please let me know! 


Literary representation

Laurie Abkemeier of DeFiore and Company


Stay in touch

Follow on Instagram, TwitterDribbble and Pinterest.

Press & Features

ParadeRefinery 29, Lifehacker, 99U, The Five on Fox NewsBuzzfeedMan RepellerHouston ChronicleKWTXCedar Rapids GazetteWaco TribCamille StylesThe TangentialJessica and KrystalThe Girls with Glasses, Anthology, B is for Bonnie



The Lively Show, The Glitter Guide, 5 Questions for 100 Designers, Austin American StatesmanThe Well Studio, Yellow Conference Creative Lady, Readerly, Wacotown



Yellow Conference 2015 | Los Angeles, CA

GIANT Conference 2015, Charleston, SC 

TxSC 2015 | Camp Texlake, TX

Circles Conference 2015 | Grapevine, TX

Circles Conference 2014, Grapevine, TX

Consider Lily 2014 | Ames, IA

TxSC 2013 | Austin, TX