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They walk into her life as strangers. They leave as works of art.

“I’m inspired by faces and characters I see on the street or at work.”

Welcome to Mamamia’s art endeavour, the Voulez-Vous Project. Every week we celebrate emerging artists, designers, illustrators, creators and cats who dress like their owners (not joking). Our aim: to help the internet become a slightly more beautiful, captivating, or thought-provoking place by making art accessible.

To find out more about the Voulez-Vous project, click here. Click here to see all the previous Voulez-Vous posts.}

Molly Johnston is an extremely talented person. I knew this before I spoke to her, before she told me about her inspirations and what gets her out of bed each morning.

I know this because her artwork is so simple, yet so appealing.

Artwork by Molly Johnston. Image supplied.

She uses art as a way of communicating her ideas. When she was younger, this was done through handmade drawings and paintings. But as she grew up, she turned to digital illustrations.

“I am mostly inspired by faces and characters I see on the street or at work,” she told Mamamia.

“I am inspired by the capability that humans have to express their individuality.”

Artwork by Molly Johnston. Image supplied.

Molly has always been encouraged to be creative – it was the type of upbringing that she and her sibling experienced growing up in the Yarra Valley. But from the age of four, she knew art was the direction she wanted to go in.

“My muses are creative and open minded people in general – whether it be random discussions I have with people on a tram, artists in Melbourne or the music I’m listening to.”

And if she needs any help getting up each day? She just picks a bright outfit to wear. It’s a pretty good mantra, if you ask me.

Click through the gallery below to see more of Molly’s artwork. To find her on Instagram, click here.

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Do you know an artist (or are YOU an artist) who creates beautiful or thought-provoking work and whom you think should be featured on Mamamia’s Voulez-Vous Project? Send an email to [email protected]