Janesville tattoo artist Jake Bussie has taken a drawing exercise he developed as brain training for his tattoo work and transformed it into — of all things — a new board game. Bussie and his wife, Lindsey Bussie, are working to fully develop and market "Doodle Mash," a board game they've designed a completed prototype for over the last two years. The game pits at least three players against each other in high-speed, timed doodle-offs that require players to use pens and paper to mash together several disparate animals they're secretly assigned from a deck of cards, creating in just one minute a mashed-up, amorphous "superanimal." Think the "liger" — a lion-tiger mashup that was made a household name via amateurish cartoon sketches by Jon Heder in his title role in the 2004 comedy film "Napoleon Dynamite." Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW The game has parallels to the classic board game Pictionary in that the goal is to make a coherent drawing so players can guess what the subject of the drawing is. But unlike Pictionary, everyone draws at once. "Everyone's constantly engaged," Jake Bussie told the Janesville Gazette . Doodle Mash is a frenzy of random sketching and artistic self-defense. Jake Bussie, who works at Alkali Tattoo in Janesville, said it's similar to speed-drawing exercises he's done for years to train his tattoo artists' brains and hands, and to teach his children, Quinn, 6, and Rory, 4, how to express their ideas. "The game fell out of an idea where I'd take 10 words, like a random word generator, and I'd try to draw them into a scene without using any of the words," he said. "Essentially, it was an exercise in organizing thoughts. I did it because people will come in (to the tattoo shop) all the time with such complex ideas. A clock and a heart and the sun and a tree, and this is what it all means. Put all that together." He said he shared so many laughs with his family over the drawing exercise that it sparked an idea for a board game. "It's not so much about artistic ability or skill at sketching. It's about communication. I thought, 'I think there's a board game