May 18/12

Stefano DiMera

Purportedly a villain, Stefano (played by Joseph Mascolo) is in fact my favourite character on Days of Our Lives. Reason: he's never dull. I find it hard to pin anything nefarious on him - but then again, it is a soap opera. Stefano is able to set people's lives on different courses - mainly by offering them irresistible choices. I guess, really, that's just what the Devil is accused of. Being weak is human, so the Devil exploits people's humanity by seducing them. The Devil can't make you do anything you don't want to.

This portrait didn't turn out as I'd planned, but I can't change it: to me, it really is Stefano. However, he actually looks very sorrowful - not the conqueror of Salem I imagine. My wife says the drawing shows his age.

I didn't intend to make Stefano look sorrowful, but right now he indeed is in a very sorrowful place on the show.

That's why I like drawings better than photographs. A photograph shows you exactly what the person looks like, but I find it flat. Because a chemical process produces it, the photo doesn't contain emotional input from the artist in the same way a drawing can. The photographer might argue that creating the setting of the photograph - including the pose and the facial expression - is how you tell its story. I agree, but then the story is as much about the setting as about the person in it.

A drawing artist can change the subject's looks to make them look more like the character they are. I find myself doing that more and more. My wife thinks it's crazy, but when I have an idea of how a person looks, it's often not like their photo.

Here's Stefano. I hope he cheers up soon. His depression is bringing me down. Love you, Steffy!

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