Angel of Death Takes A Day Off began in a very different form than it is now.  Its first manuscript incarnation was only about 10,000 words.   As for illustrations, here is the evolution of Mort:

I painted this before ever writing the story, and loved the idea of the character. The story formed.

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Too black, too scary. Needs more whimsy.
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Nope.
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This style seemed better in my mind. Maybe more color?
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Pen and ink is new to me, but, I’ll have to figure it out.  This Mort is way too dreary, even in tourist clothes.

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Closer.  I don’t like the bone color though.
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Blue is it.  Yes.
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There we go.  That’s Mort!
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