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Christina Major, a board game player, designer, and comic book artist, has gone through a lot of artists' portfolios in order to recommend artists for illustrating games. She's noticed five key things in a portfolio that make it great for board game projects:
- Character Portraits - diverse and stylistically distinct pieces
- Random Objects - good for tiles and icons
- Landscapes and Maps - postcard-like pictures of cities, planets, farmlands, etc, and stylized maps
- Strong Composition - engaging art for box covers
- Email address - not just DeviantArt, Etsy, Tumblr, Twitter
These are just the basic things that Christina looks for in an illustrator, but other designers may prefer other qualities. It's always good to have variety, but sometimes artists don't have everything in their portfolio. In that case, it doesn't hurt to ask for a specific thing you want.
If you're an artist or game designer (or just interested in the topic), check out the full article here
, including some links to artist portfolios in the comments.