Goatfish Card Design: Making of Maremma

Welcome to a new installment of the Goatfish Card Design series! Today we will look at the evolution of another "Defend" card, the Maremma. The Maremma sheepdog originated in Italy where it is used to guard sheep from wolves. Today, the Maremma is used in other parts of the world to protect a variety of livestock (including goats) from predators and thieves. 

When choosing our various characters for Goatfish, we endeavored to stay true to real animals, breeds, and uses as much as possible. We of course took artistic license in our designs to achieve the right humorous tone for the game; you don't see many llamas sporting sunglasses and badges in the real world!

We chose to use the Maremma because the dogs are faithful, fearless, and outright handsome!

Maremma sheepdog. Image by MGerety, via Wikimedia Commons

Maremma sheepdog. Image by MGerety, via Wikimedia Commons

Once we picked the character, Lillian put together the original illustration.

After playtesting to make sure we liked the character, we worked with our illustrator, Hank, to get sketches. After a few rounds of edits we moved on to the stages of digital inking and coloring for the final card design.

We hope you like the Maremma, he is your best friend when it comes to protecting your goat herds! 

Goatfish Inspiration: LaMancha Goat

Today we will explore the inspiration for one of our characters in Goatfish, the dashing "LaMancha Goat". While the LaMancha goat is an American dairy goat, we couldn't pass up using the famous character Don Quixote de la Mancha as inspiration. The character of Don Quixote is from the novel by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

We explored different reference images of sculptures, paintings, and drawings from a variety of artists. Representations of Don Quixote often depict him wearing his stylish "helmet", which is actually a barber's basin, seen below. Not only is it functional, it looks great!

Don Quixote is a fun and exciting character and has been the subject of other artists including one of my favorites by Pablo Picasso:

As you can see, we are in good company! The trick then was to draw inspiration from existing sources while putting our own unique "Goatfish" twist on the design. We ended up with a proud goat in armor wearing his signature helmet. A windmill in the background completes the image.


Those of you who know goat breeds will notice that we took some artistic liberties. For example, LaMancha goats don't have mustaches.

Thank you for reading, stay tuned for more Goatfish news!

Website launch

Hello Everyone,

We are officially launching the new Goatfish website today in preparation for our upcoming Kickstarter campaign. I hope you will check out the new content where I talk about why and how Lillian and I created the card game Goatfish: Origin Story

Lillian working on the original card illustrations.

Lillian working on the original card illustrations.