Friday, May 06, 2011

365 Doodles - Day 126

A slightly demonic Tooth Fairy for you today. She looks just like a girl I went to school with. Weird, that. I've included a couple of preliminary sketches so that you can see how it evolved.

The concept of the Tooth Fairy probably developed from old traditions involving mice. In some Asian countries, children throw their lost upper teeth onto the roof and their lower teeth under the floorboards before shouting for the shed tooth to be replaced by a mouse tooth. This is presumably because rodent teeth grow perpetually. In ancient Scottish tradition, a white rat buys shed teeth with coins. In Spanish-speaking countries, the tooth mouse is called Ratón de los dientes (Tooth Mouse) and in Italy it is called Topino. The change from mouse to fairy probably comes from an 18th century French fairy tale called La Bonne Petite Souris, in which a mouse changes into a fairy and defeats an evil emperor by hiding under his pillow and then knocking all of his teeth out.

The fact that the older stories have the Tooth Fairy being such a nasty little bitch inspired the overall look of my picture. And now you know why there's a mouse included. And maybe why she looks like that girl from school ...

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