Becky Murphy is an illustrator and author based in Austin, TX. Becky spends her days illustrating and writing books (check them out here and here), doodling flowcharts (need to decide if you should wash your hair today?), and illustrating/lettering client work. Pretty dreamy, huh?
Let’s dive in and get to know Becky. And if you see her this weekend, she loves to give high fives!
Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received or what is the one piece of advice you try to live by?
A: I'm not sure what the biggest and best advice is, but something I keep coming back to are the words on one of my favorite Marc Johns pieces:
My best work happens when I'm having fun, just doodling or expounding on an inside joke. When I don't give myself space to play, everything becomes rigid and formulaic. There is a time and place for grinding, but to me, play is essential in creating meaningful work.
Q: What’s one subject you’d like to learn but have never touched?
A: Sewing and textile design. I dabbled in it in high school, but I tried to make towel shorts and sewed the crotch shut, so I don't think it counts.
Q: If you could have coffee with anyone tomorrow, who would it be and what would you talk about?
A: In this moment, I'd say Lorne Michaels. I'd want to know more about the production of SNL and what it was like when it started. Did he have any idea of what kind of legacy it would have? Did he let it take on a life of its own or was he just that kind of visionary from the get go? I'd also ask him about every single cast member and host and find out everybody's secrets. I'd hope this coffee date would lead to subsequent coffee dates with Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon and Kyle Mooney.
Q: What is your word for 2015? Or your mantra?
A: It was abundance. Abundance of time, energy and everything. But I'm already having second thoughts and lately replaced that mantra with "create space." There's a Japanese practice (hara hachi bu) that tells you to eat until you are 80% full. I'd like to be able to schedule my life to only be 80% full.
Q: What is one thing you think TXSC attendees would be surprised to know/learn about you?
I was home schooled in first and second grade
I'm really jumpy. So jumpy that I once injured myself after being scared by my own shadow.