This question led to a new package:
tikzducks

We have a scsnowman package but we don't have a ducks package, that's quite inexplicable since ducks are frequently used on TeX.SE (e.g., samcarter had to fall back on \PHdove of phaistos package here).

I'm not an expert, nevertheless, I'd like to create a tikzducks package, similar to tikzpeople, but I need your help in order to create a customizable duck!

Requirements:

  • I'd like to have a duck, not something a bit like it (ducks with a human body are NOT accepted)
  • wings are mandatory
  • from the look of the duck, it should appear cleary that it was created with LaTeX, not with other commercial tools.

Possible color-keys for the duck:

  • body
  • head
  • wings
  • eyes
  • beak.

Possible optional add-ons:

  • hat
  • sport tools (e.g., cricket bat)
  • male/female versions
  • a seasonal version
  • a Chinese version
  • a cook version (not cooked version)
  • a mathematician version.

As shown in Ulrike Fisher's answer, tikzpeople package has a beak feature but it doesn't allow to change the body of the image, so we get a person with a beak (quite ugly).

Loopspace pointed out that there is already a ducks package but it doesn't allow to change the style of the duck (like tikzpeople does for people) and it is not yet present in CTAN.

Moreover, I'd like a style similar to this example of the seasonal version:

enter image description here

Go wild!

P.S. = consider this question as if it has always a bounty open!

  • 4
    Don't forget the version: Cooking Ducks (no, not Cooking a duck ;-)) and Ducks solving Math problems ;-) – Christian Hupfer Jan 2 '17 at 13:28
  • 2
    @CarLaTeX: Very Good! – Christian Hupfer Jan 2 '17 at 13:38
  • 11
    Why not a male version if there is to be a female version? Male birds are typically the more interesting to look at, given their tendency to favour fantastical displays in techni-colour glory. – cfr Jan 3 '17 at 2:52
  • 3
    If there is to be a duck adorned with a flowery necklace, why not name it descriptively (flowerduck) rather than implying that flowers have the meaning 'female'? Semantic ideals of LaTeX and all that. – dbmag9 Jan 6 '17 at 10:17
  • 3
    @UlrikeFischer I am the author of scsnowman; sc means "snowman commedian". Some TeXnicians in Japan are interested in the variety of snowman glyphs in Unicode fonts (I also described in the package documentatkon) and they are sometimes called "snowman enthusiasts" or "snowman comedians" (including me!). – Hironobu YAMASHITA Jan 10 '17 at 14:36
up vote 77 down vote accepted
+150

No new ducks will be added to the question, instead this project moved on to become a latex package. Please visit the project repository at https://github.com/samcarter/tikzducks or have a look at https://www.ctan.org/pkg/tikzducks if you want to see new ducks :)

enter image description here

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations.pathmorphing}

\usepackage[paperwidth=38cm,paperheight=42cm,margin=1cm]{geometry}

\usepackage{bbding}

\newcommand{\duck}[1]{%

    \colorlet{duck}{#1}
    \colorlet{eye}{Cornsilk}
    \colorlet{pupil}{black}
    \colorlet{bill}{orange}

    %body
    \path[fill=duck] (51.2815,135.5394) .. controls (26.6859,139.7884) and (-12.5215,184.2616) .. (28.9411,223.8858) .. controls (70.4036,263.5099) and (286.2675,236.9673) .. (181.7701,108.1215) .. controls (93.7517,155.4266) and (123.9624,112.1537) .. (51.2815,135.5394) -- cycle;

    %head
    \path[fill=duck] (90,100) ellipse (1.4cm and 1.75cm);

    % duck's bill
    \path[fill=bill, xshift=-11pt, xscale=1.1] (49.3866,102.7929) .. controls (70.9472,97.0244) and (61.6632,119.6616) .. (95.1826,113) .. controls (20,165) and (36.9082,113.0997) .. (49.3866,102.7929) -- cycle;

    % right eye
    \path[fill=eye, rotate=20, xshift=-4pt, yshift=1pt] (112,58) ellipse (0.25cm and 0.35cm);
    \path[fill=pupil, rotate=20, xshift=-4pt, yshift=1pt] (115,59) ellipse (0.1cm and 0.2cm);

    % left eye
    \path[fill=eye, rotate=20] (78,62) ellipse (0.22cm and 0.32cm);
    \path[fill=pupil, rotate=20] (81,63) ellipse (0.08cm and 0.18cm);

}

\newcommand{\grumpyduck}[1]{%

    \colorlet{duck}{#1}
    \colorlet{eye}{Cornsilk}
    \colorlet{pupil}{black}
    \colorlet{bill}{orange}

    %body
    \path[fill=duck] (51.2815,135.5394) .. controls (26.6859,139.7884) and (-12.5215,184.2616) .. (28.9411,223.8858) .. controls (70.4036,263.5099) and (286.2675,236.9673) .. (181.7701,108.1215) .. controls (93.7517,155.4266) and (123.9624,112.1537) .. (51.2815,135.5394) -- cycle;

    %head
    \path[fill=duck] (90,100) ellipse (1.4cm and 1.75cm);

    % duck's bill
    \path[fill=bill, xshift=-11pt, xscale=1.1] (49.3866,102.7929) .. controls (70.9472,97.0244) and (70.9472,97.0244) .. (85.1826,120) .. controls (20,165) and (36.9082,113.0997) .. (49.3866,102.7929) -- cycle;

    % right eye
    \path[fill=eye, rotate=20, xshift=-4pt, yshift=1pt] (112,58) ellipse (0.25cm and 0.35cm);
    \path[fill=pupil, rotate=20, xshift=-4pt, yshift=1pt] (115,59) ellipse (0.1cm and 0.2cm);

    % left eye
    \path[fill=eye, rotate=20] (78,62) ellipse (0.22cm and 0.32cm);
    \path[fill=pupil, rotate=20] (81,63) ellipse (0.08cm and 0.18cm);

}

\newcommand{\addalien}{%
    \draw[line width=3pt,color=YellowGreen] (110,62) -- (130,20);
    \draw[line width=3pt,color=YellowGreen] (72,58) -- (60,15);
    \path[fill=YellowGreen] (130,20) circle (0.2cm);
    \path[fill=YellowGreen] (60,15) circle (0.2cm);
}

\newcommand{\addhat}[1]{%
    \path[fill=#1] (90,55) ellipse (1.3cm and 0.25cm);
    \path[fill=#1] (90,30) ellipse (0.7cm and 0.2cm);
    \path[fill=#1] (115,30) rectangle (65,55);
}

\newcommand{\addsunglasses}{
    \draw[line width=3pt,color=black] (48,95) arc (190:370:20) ;
    \path[draw=black,line width=3pt] (95,90) -- (130,100);
    \path[fill=black, rotate=20] (111,58) ellipse (0.4cm and 0.4cm);
    \path[fill=black, rotate=20] (80,60) ellipse (0.37cm and 0.37cm);
}

\newcommand{\addglasses}[1]{
    \draw[line width=2pt,color=#1] (62,80) arc (267:297:20) ;
    \path[draw=#1,line width=2pt] (93,88) -- (130,100);
    \path[draw=#1,line width=2pt, rotate=20] (107,58) ellipse (0.35cm and 0.35cm);
    \path[draw=#1,line width=2pt, rotate=20] (78,61) ellipse (0.32cm and 0.32cm);
}

\newcommand{\addicecream}[3]{
    \path[draw=Sienna,fill=Goldenrod,line width=1pt,yshift=50pt,rotate=20,xshift=50pt] 
    (45,60)--(60,120)--(75,60);
    \path[draw=Sienna, fill=Goldenrod, rotate=20,line width=1pt] (144,118) ellipse (0.4cm and 0.25cm);
    \path[fill=#1, rotate=20] (138,116) circle (0.3cm);
    \path[fill=#2, rotate=20] (148,116) circle (0.3cm);
    \path[fill=#3, rotate=20] (142,102) circle (0.3cm);
}

\newcommand{\addunicorn}{
    \path[draw=VioletRed,fill=Pink,line width=1pt,yshift=20pt,rotate=-25,xshift=0pt] 
    (50,60)--(60,20)--(70,60);
}

\newcommand{\addhair}[1]{%
    \path[fill=#1, xshift=-5pt] (151.3277,174.3473) .. controls (157.7099,171.1213) and (164.7938,167.8644) .. (168.7230,161.6896) .. controls (164.8427,161.5316) and (153.5102,155.4255) .. (162.1164,152.9395) .. controls (169.4207,153.1460) and (176.4092,149.5358) .. (179.3920,142.6587) .. controls (185.5577,133.4026) and (172.4051,138.2448) .. (169.0163,134.3455) .. controls (174.7801,132.5948) and (184.6532,131.7138) .. (187.4798,127.5635) .. controls (176.4675,125.1191) and (163.1258,123.3733) .. (156.8817,112.6068) .. controls (152.4387,98.5734) and (153.2098,83.5059) .. (149.6492,69.2411) .. controls (131.4926,-1.1678) and (29.6020,22.0627) .. (47.7294,90.0940) .. controls (49.6639,62.0732) and (72.5401,38.6998) .. (96.3583,54.2220) .. controls (130.5162,76.1752) and (139.7469,117.8581) .. (115.3043,143.8986) .. controls (115.2213,148.9109) and (117.2762,158.3403) .. (124.2981,163.2993) .. controls (131.3200,168.2584) and (141.2814,171.4676) .. (151.3277,174.3473) -- cycle;
}

\newcommand{\addshirt}[1]{%
    \path[fill=#1] (50,135.5394) .. controls (26.6859,139.7884) and (-12.5215,184.2616) .. (28.9411,223.8858) .. controls (70.4036,263.5099) and (286.2675,236.9673) .. (181.7701,108.1215) .. controls (93.7517,155.4266) and (123.9624,112.1537) .. (51.2815,180) -- cycle;
}

\newcommand{\addtie}[1]{
    \draw[line width=10pt,color=#1] (60,150) -- (50,190);
}

\newcommand{\addtshirt}[1]{
    \path[fill=#1] (50,135.5394) .. controls (26.6859,139.7884) and (-12.5215,184.2616) .. (28.9411,223.8858) .. controls (70.4036,263.5099) and (286.2675,236.9673) .. (181.7701,108.1215) .. controls (93.7517,155.4266) and (123.9624,122.1537) .. (59,150) -- cycle;
}

\newcommand{\addshorthair}[1]{
    \path[fill=#1, xshift=-5pt] (145.7190,108.2466) .. controls (151.7052,104.8240) and (153.2448,84.3447) .. (149.6842,70.0799) .. controls (131.5276,-0.3291) and (29.6371,22.9015) .. (47.7644,90.9328) .. controls (49.6989,62.9120) and (80.4610,40.0060) .. (101.1924,59.4599) .. controls (128.6626,85.2375) and (139.4074,111.8552) .. (145.7190,108.2466) -- cycle;
}

\newcommand{\addwizzard}{
    \path[fill=BlueViolet!50!Pink,line width=1pt,yshift=-40pt,rotate=5,xshift=32pt] 
    (20,100)--(60,0)--(100,100);
    \pgftext[at=\pgfpoint{71}{-15}, left, base]{\color{Gold}\EightStarBold}
    \pgftext[at=\pgfpoint{63}{0}, left, base]{\color{Gold}\EightStarBold~\EightStarBold}
    \pgftext[at=\pgfpoint{56}{15}, left, base]{\color{Gold}\EightStarBold~\EightStarBold~\EightStarBold}
    \pgftext[at=\pgfpoint{56}{30}, left, base]{\color{Gold}\EightStarBold~\EightStarBold~\EightStarBold}
    \draw[line width=6pt,color=black] (90,160) -- (60,210);
    \draw[line width=6pt,color=white] (85,168.333) -- (80,176.666);
}

\newcommand{\makeeinstein}[1]{
    \path[fill=#1,xshift=-4pt] (24.7738,59.7679) .. controls (31.3318,44.0108) and (53.1939,44.5256) .. (52.1285,41.2094) .. controls (51.4718,28.9400) and (30.1562,26.0780) .. (30.1562,26.0780) .. controls (48.5184,20.6686) and (79.2723,56.9617) .. (62.4298,11.1490) .. controls (65.1702,13.6709) and (88.0663,32.6096) .. (85.8201,7.5499) .. controls (87.7073,21.1456) and (96.9496,45.9959) .. (104.3286,23.2724) .. controls (113.1425,-15.9325) and (101.8773,49.6572) .. (138.4988,13.8484) .. controls (141.5713,17.0755) and (121.2714,39.5689) .. (139.2365,36.1290) .. controls (136.0271,66.8833) and (155.4874,23.7659) .. (155.4874,23.7659) .. controls (155.4874,23.7659) and (151.7518,45.0675) .. (147.8705,54.3986) .. controls (147.8705,54.3986) and (173.2987,55.3029) .. (176.7812,61.7670) .. controls (124.2612,69.4624) and (206.6010,77.2343) .. (154.2298,77.2507) .. controls (158.6628,83.1536) and (135.1295,89.9115) .. (169.9992,90.5427) .. controls (93.3592,92.0258) and (132.6373,57.7941) .. (94.5654,45.5826) .. controls (60.1628,40.4228) and (57.2813,64.7295) .. (51.9497,70.3679) .. controls (53.2460,53.9344) and (41.0100,59.0530) .. (24.7738,59.7679) -- cycle;

    \draw[line width=5pt,color=#1,line cap=round] (96,80) -- (82,73);
    \draw[line width=5pt,color=#1,line cap=round] (50,69) -- (60,68);

}

\newcommand{\addbook}[2]{
        \path[fill=#1,rotate=20] (110,120) rectangle (150,180);
        \node[rotate=-20, color=white] at (73,180)  {\makebox[2cm][c]{#2}};
}

\newcommand{\addwater}[1]{
    \draw [decorate,decoration=snake, line width=3pt, color=#1] (0,200) -- (100,200);
    \draw [decorate,decoration=snake, line width=3pt, color=#1] (180,200) -- (220,200);
    \draw [decorate,decoration=snake, line width=3pt, color=#1] (50,210) -- (150,210);
    \draw [decorate,decoration=snake, line width=3pt, color=#1] (110,230) -- (250,230);
    \draw [decorate,decoration=snake, line width=3pt, color=#1] (20,240) -- (70,240);
    \draw [decorate,decoration=snake, line width=3pt, color=#1] (60,250) -- (250,250);
}


\begin{document}

% grumpy
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \grumpyduck{Gold}
\end{tikzpicture}
%
%Christian Hupfer
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold}
    \addwizzard
\end{tikzpicture}
%
% short hairs
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Wheat}
    \addtshirt{LightBlue!50!white}
    \addshirt{LightSlateGrey}
    \addshorthair{brown!50!Grey}
\end{tikzpicture}
%
%Men in black
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \grumpyduck{Wheat}
    \addtshirt{white}
    \addshirt{black}
    \addtie{black}
    \addhat{black}
    \addsunglasses
\end{tikzpicture}
%

% ducklings
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-0.6, xscale=0.6, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold}
    \begin{scope}[xshift=300pt, scale=.3, yshift=400pt]
        \duck{Gold}
    \end{scope}
    \begin{scope}[xshift=180pt, scale=.3, yshift=350pt]
        \duck{Gold}
    \end{scope}
    \begin{scope}[xshift=240pt, scale=.3, yshift=450pt]
        \duck{Gold}
    \end{scope}     
\end{tikzpicture}
%
% samcarter
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Wheat!95!red}
    \addshirt{MidnightBlue}
    \addhair{OrangeRed!50!Brown}
\end{tikzpicture}
%
% hair
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold}
    \addhair{SeaGreen}
\end{tikzpicture}
%
% unicorn
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Pink}
    \addhair{MediumVioletRed}
    \addunicorn
\end{tikzpicture}

% icecream
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold}
    \addicecream{Wheat}{Plum}{Chocolate}
\end{tikzpicture}
%
% sunglasses
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold}
    \addsunglasses
\end{tikzpicture}
%
% normal duck
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold}
\end{tikzpicture}
% blue duck
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{SteelBlue}
\end{tikzpicture}

% alien duck
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold}
    \addalien
\end{tikzpicture}
%
% hat duck
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold}
    \addhat{SaddleBrown}
\end{tikzpicture}
%
% swimming
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold}
    \addwater{blue!50!cyan} 
\end{tikzpicture}
%
% Brazil colour duck for Paulo
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \definecolor{brazilgreen}{RGB}{0,155,58}
    \definecolor{brazilyellow}{RGB}{254,223,0}
    \definecolor{brazilblue}{RGB}{0,39,118}
    \duck{brazilyellow}
    \addshirt{brazilblue}
    \addshorthair{brazilgreen}
\end{tikzpicture}

% prof. van duck
\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt, x=0.80pt, yscale=-1.000000, xscale=1.000000, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
    \duck{Gold!40!white}
    \makeeinstein{gray!50!white}
    \addglasses{brown!70!black}
    \addbook{brown!70!black}{\TeX}
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}
  • 2
    You're currently 22 ducks short of your promise! – JPi Jul 27 '17 at 19:47
  • 4
    @JPi Only one, as the "New rule" does not apply for old votes :) However its hard to keep the pace ... – samcarter Jul 27 '17 at 19:48
  • 1
    You can join efforts with Nils Fleis­chhacker (tikzpeople author) and create a new tikzducks package :) – Ignasi Jul 28 '17 at 9:55
  • 2
    @CarLaTeX Guess I should learn how to write a package over the summer break :) – samcarter Jul 28 '17 at 10:42
  • 1
    Gimme 100 ducks because of the bounty! :D – Paulo Cereda Jul 29 '17 at 10:04
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{tikzpeople}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\node[duck,evil,minimum size=1.5cm] (B){};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

enter image description here

Without code ...

enter image description here

  • 3
    tikzpeople don't have hands or wings (but can hold a sword and a shield) – Ulrike Fischer Jan 2 '17 at 13:36
  • Why the horns? Is it a devil duck? – jamesqf Jan 2 '17 at 22:16
  • @CarLaTeX The point is: the package already provides ducks. The question should take account of this: how can the package be used to create a duck? Or how can we draw a duck, given that the packages available to draw ducks are all lacking in some way? Or whatever. – cfr Jan 3 '17 at 2:57
  • never seen a duck with line up haircut. :) – CroCo Jan 3 '17 at 7:26
  • 1
    @jamesqf It is not a devil duck, but a viking duck. The code is not over until the fat duck sings. For comparable memes with other animals, google "viking kitty". – Steven B. Segletes Jan 3 '17 at 10:56
up vote 33 down vote
+100

Here is what I have done till now (to be improved, of course).

enter image description here

This is my tikzducks.sty:

\NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e}
\ProvidesPackage{tikzducks}[2016/01/05 All we need is\dots ducks!]

\RequirePackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes.geometric,shapes.symbols,positioning,decorations.pathmorphing}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes,arrows,decorations.markings}

\RequirePackage{halloweenmath}

\tikzset{%
    pics/wing/.style={code={%
        \draw[fill=yellow] (0,0) to[bend right] (1,0) to[bend left] (.7,-.6) to[bend left] cycle;
    }}, 
    pics/eye/.style={code={%
        \draw[fill=white] (-.1,-.05) ellipse (.3 and .2);
        \draw[fill=black] (0,0) circle[radius=.1];
    }},
    pics/paw/.style={code={%
        \draw[fill=orange] (0,0) -- (0,.8) -- (.1,.8) -- (.1,.05) -- (.8,.05) to[bend right] (.7,-.2) to[bend right] (.6,-.45) -- cycle;
    }},
    pics/body/.style={code={%
        \draw[fill=yellow] (0,0) to[bend right] (.6,-1.2) to[bend right] (2,-2.4) to[bend right=70, smooth] (3.7,-.1) to[bend left] cycle;
    }},
    pics/head/.style={code={%
        \draw[fill=yellow] (0,0) circle[radius=.9];
    }},
    pics/closedbeak/.style={code={%
        \draw[fill=orange] (0,0) -- (-.35,.1) -- (-.65,-.3) -- (-.1,-.7) to[bend right=70] (.2,-.5) -- cycle;
    }},
    pics/openbeak/.style={code={%
        \draw[fill=orange] (0,0) -- (.5,.35) to[bend left=70] (.55,.25) -- (.23,-.29) -- (.3,-.7) to[bend left=70] (.25,-.75) -- (-.01,-.45) -- cycle;
    }},
    create duck coordinates/.style = {insert path={(0,0) coordinate (duck)}},
    pics/duck/.style={code={%
        \pic[rotate=30] at (.5,-1.8) {paw};
        \pic at (-2.5,1) {body};
        \pic at (-1,0) {wing};
        \pic at (1.5,1) {head};
        \pic at (2.2,.8) {closedbeak};
        \pic[rotate=300] at (1.6,.9) {eye};
        \pic[xscale=1,yscale=-1,rotate=75] at (1.91,1.08) {eye};
        \path (-1,-1.8) coordinate (paw);
        \pic[rotate=330] at (paw) {paw};
    }},
    create duckwithopenbeak coordinates/.style = {insert path={(0,0) coordinate (duckwithopenbeak)}},
    pics/duckwithopenbeak/.style={code={%
        \pic[rotate=30] at (.5,-1.8) {paw};
        \pic at (-2.5,1) {body};
        \pic at (-1,0) {wing};
        \pic at (1.5,1) {head};
        \pic[rotate=300] at (1.94,1.06) {eye};
        \pic[rotate=-20] at (2.4,.9) {openbeak};
        \path (-1,-1.8) coordinate (paw);
        \pic[rotate=330] at (paw) {paw};
    }},
    create bow coordinates/.style = {insert path={(1.3,1.8) coordinate (bow)}},
    pics/bow/.style={code={%
        \draw[red, fill=pink, rounded corners] (0,0) -- (.7,.55) -- (.7,-.55) -- cycle;
        \draw[red, fill=pink, rounded corners] (0,0) -- (-.7,.55) -- (-.7,-.55) -- cycle;
        \draw[red, fill=pink] (0,0) circle [radius=1/4];
    }},
    pics/daisy/.style={code={%
        \foreach \i in {0,45,...,325}
            \draw[blue, fill=white, rotate=\i]
                (0,0) .. controls ++(-30:1/2) and ++(30:1/2) .. cycle;
            \draw[orange, fill=yellow] circle [radius=1/8];
    }},
    create nacklace coordinates/.style = {insert path={(.6,.7) coordinate (nacklace)}},
    pics/nacklace/.style={code={%
        \path (0,0) coordinate (nacklacebase);
        \pic at (nacklacebase) {daisy};
        \pic[below right=1em and 1em of nacklacebase] {daisy};
        \pic[below right=2em and 2em of nacklacebase] {daisy};
    }},
    create blackboard coordinates/.style = {insert path={(3.5,1.8) coordinate (blackboard)}},
    pics/blackboard/.style={code={%
        \node at (0,0) [rectangle, fill=black, draw=brown, very thick,font={\color{white}\bfseries\small},minimum height=10ex] {$ax^2+bx+c=0$};
    }},
    create glasses coordinates/.style = {insert path={(1.5,.8) coordinate (glasses)}},
    pics/glasses/.style={code={%
        \node [circle, draw=blue, very thick,minimum height=1.1em] (rglass) {};
        \node[right=.5em of rglass, circle, draw=blue, very thick,minimum height=1.1em] (lglass) {};
        \coordinate[above left=.1em and .9em of rglass] (rrglass);
        \coordinate[below left=.5em and .1em of rrglass] (rrrglass);
        \coordinate[above right=.1em and .9em of lglass] (llglass);
        \coordinate[below right=.5em and .1em of llglass] (lllglass);
        \draw[draw=blue, very thick] (rglass) -- (lglass);
        \draw[draw=blue, very thick] (rglass) -- (rrglass) -- (rrrglass);
        \draw[draw=blue, very thick] (lglass) -- (llglass) -- (lllglass);
    }},
    create soccerball coordinates/.style = {insert path={(2.6,-1.1) coordinate (soccerball)}},
    pics/soccerball/.style={code={%
        \draw[fill=white] (0,0) circle [radius=.9];
        \begin{scope}
            \clip (0,0) circle [radius=.9];
            \foreach \i in {-.4,.4}
            \node[regular polygon,regular polygon sides=6,fill=black,minimum height=3.5ex] at (\i,.4) {};
            \foreach \i in {-.8,0,.8} 
            \node[regular polygon,regular polygon sides=6,fill=black,minimum height=3.5ex] at (\i,-.4) {};
        \end{scope}
    }},
    create befana coordinates/.style = {insert path={(0,0) coordinate (befana)}},
    pics/befana/.style={code={%
        \node {$\displaystyle\mathwitch$};
    }},
    create ghost coordinates/.style = {insert path={(-.8,-.12) coordinate (ghost)}},
    pics/ghost/.style={code={%
        \node {$\xrightswishingghost{\mspace{30mu}}$};
    }},
    create help coordinates/.style = {insert path={(4.6,2.3) coordinate (help)}},
    pics/help/.style={code={%
        \node[draw, fill=white, shape=starburst, text width=5.7em, text centered] (helpnode) {%
                Help! \\ A \texttt{\textbackslash phantom}!
            };
        \coordinate[below left=-.1em and -0.3em of helpnode] (lhelpnode);
        \coordinate[below right=0.35em and -1.5em of helpnode] (rhelpnode);
        \coordinate[below left=2.3em and 1.1em of helpnode] (bhelpnode);
        \coordinate[below left=-.3em and -0.4em of helpnode] (llhelpnode);
        \coordinate[below right=0em and -.9em of helpnode] (rrhelpnode);
        \path[fill=white] (llhelpnode) -- (bhelpnode) -- (rrhelpnode);  
        \draw[fill=white] (lhelpnode) -- (bhelpnode) -- (rhelpnode);
    }},
    create righttooth coordinates/.style = {insert path={(2.11,.1) coordinate (righttooth)}},
    create lefttooth coordinates/.style = {insert path={(2.29,.15) coordinate (lefttooth)}},
    pics/tooth/.style={code={%
        \draw[fill=white] (0,0) -- (.05,-.2) -- (.11,.1);
    }},
    create cloak coordinates/.style = {insert path={(.65,.69) coordinate (cloak)}},
    pics/cloak/.style={code={%
        \draw[white,fill=black] (0,0) to[bend left=10] (-2.1,.1) 
            decorate [decoration={snake, segment length=10pt, amplitude=3pt}] 
            {to  (-2,-1.4)}   to[bend left=9]  (.3,-.4)  to[bend left=30] cycle;
        \draw[white,fill=black] (0,0) to[bend left=10] (-.1,.7) to[bend right=15] (.7,-.3) -- (.3,-.4) to[bend left=30] cycle;
    }},
    pics/batflock/.style={code={%
    \path[postaction={decorate,decoration={markings,
            mark=at position 0.01 with {\node[scale=0.4,rotate=-50] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.04 with {\node[scale=0.5,rotate=-40] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.07 with {\node[scale=0.6,rotate=-35] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.11 with {\node[scale=0.7,rotate=-30] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.15 with {\node[scale=0.8,rotate=-20] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.20 with {\node[scale=0.9,rotate=-10] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.25 with {\node[scale=1.0,rotate=5] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.31 with {\node[scale=1.1,rotate=15] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.38 with {\node[scale=1.2,rotate=15] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.44 with {\node[scale=1.3,rotate=0] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.50 with {\node[scale=1.4,rotate=-15] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.57 with {\node[scale=1.5,rotate=-25] {$\mathbat$};},
            mark=at position 0.65 with {\node[scale=1.6,rotate=-30] {$\mathbat$};}, 
            mark=at position 0.73 with {\node[scale=1.7,rotate=-35] {$\mathbat$};}, 
            mark=at position 0.81 with {\node[scale=1.8,rotate=-40] {$\mathbat$};},     
            mark=at position 0.89 with {\node[scale=1.9,rotate=-42] {$\mathbat$};},     
        }}] plot[smooth, tension=1] coordinates {(0,0) (2.5,1) (1,3) (7,4.5)};
    \path[postaction={decorate,decoration={markings,
            mark=at position 0.01 with {\node[scale=0.4,rotate=10] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.06 with {\node[scale=0.5,rotate=10] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.11 with {\node[scale=0.6,rotate=10] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.17 with {\node[scale=0.7,rotate=10] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.23 with {\node[scale=0.8,rotate=5] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.30 with {\node[scale=0.9,rotate=0] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.38 with {\node[scale=1.0,rotate=-10] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.48 with {\node[scale=1.1,rotate=-20] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.58 with {\node[scale=1.2,rotate=-30] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.68 with {\node[scale=1.3,rotate=-40] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.79 with {\node[scale=1.4,rotate=-41] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.90 with {\node[scale=1.5,rotate=-42] {$\xleftflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
        }}] plot[smooth, tension=1] coordinates {(1.7,1.3) (0,2.7) (2,4.5) (5,5.5)};
    \path[postaction={decorate,decoration={markings,
            mark=at position 0.16 with {\node[scale=0.4,rotate=-5] {$\xrightflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.25 with {\node[scale=0.5,rotate=-25] {$\xrightflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.34 with {\node[scale=0.6,rotate=-36] {$\xrightflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.44 with {\node[scale=0.7,rotate=-38] {$\xrightflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.55 with {\node[scale=0.8,rotate=-40] {$\xrightflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.67 with {\node[scale=0.9,rotate=-42] {$\xrightflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.81 with {\node[scale=1.0,rotate=-46] {$\xrightflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
            mark=at position 0.95 with {\node[scale=1.1,rotate=-50] {$\xrightflutteringbat{\mspace{30mu}}$};},
        }}] plot[smooth, tension=1] coordinates {(2.5,2) (2,2.7) (6.5,3.3)};
    }},
}

\newcommand{\duck}{%
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \pic {duck};
    \end{tikzpicture}
}

\newcommand{\daisyduck}{%
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \pic {duck};
        \path[create nacklace coordinates];
        \pic at (nacklace) {nacklace};  
    \end{tikzpicture}
}

\newcommand{\femaleduck}{%
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \pic {duck};
        \path[create bow coordinates];
        \pic[rotate=35] at (bow) {bow}; 
    \end{tikzpicture}
}

\newcommand{\mathduck}{%
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \path[create blackboard coordinates];
        \pic at (blackboard) {blackboard};
        \pic {duck};
        \path[create glasses coordinates];
        \pic[rotate=30, transform shape] at (glasses) {glasses};
    \end{tikzpicture}
}

\newcommand{\soccerduck}{%
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \pic {duck};
        \path[create soccerball coordinates];
        \pic[rotate=30] at (soccerball) {soccerball};
    \end{tikzpicture}
}

\newcommand{\befanaduck}{%
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \path[use as bounding box] (-2.5,-1.5) rectangle (2.5,1.5);  
        \pic[scale=.45,transform canvas={scale=.45},transform shape,rotate=20] at (3.17,1.59) {duck};
        \path[create befana coordinates];
        \pic[transform canvas={scale=4}] at (befana) {befana};
        \pic[rotate=330,scale=.45,transform canvas={scale=.45},transform shape,rotate=20] at (paw) {paw};
    \end{tikzpicture}
}

\newcommand{\ghostduck}{%
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \path[use as bounding box] (-6,-2.5) rectangle (6,2.5);  
        \path[create ghost coordinates];
        \pic[transform canvas={scale=7}] at (ghost) {ghost};
        \pic {duckwithopenbeak};
        \path[create help coordinates];
        \pic at (help) {help};
    \end{tikzpicture}
}

\newcommand{\vampireduck}{%
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \pic at (-6,-1) {batflock};
        \path[create righttooth coordinates];
        \pic at (righttooth) {tooth};
        \path[create lefttooth coordinates];
        \pic at (lefttooth) {tooth};
        \pic {duck};
        \path[create cloak coordinates];
        \pic at (cloak) {cloak};
        \pic at (-1,0) {wing};
    \end{tikzpicture}
}

This is the code of the presentation:

% arara: pdflatex
% arara: convert: {density: 160, otheroptions: -dispose previous -delay 140 -loop 1, format: gif}
\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{cprotect}
\usepackage{tikzducks}

\usetheme{Madrid}
\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}
\cprotect\title{Quack guide to \verb|tikzducks| package}
\subtitle{Actually, some examples to be improved and transformed into a package}
\author{Car\LaTeX}
\institute{Duck fan club}

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}[plain]
    \titlepage
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
    \frametitle{Standard version}
    Command: 
    \begin{center}
        \verb|\duck|
    \end{center}
    Result:
    \begin{figure}
        \centering
        \duck   
    \end{figure}
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
    \frametitle{Female version}
    Command: 
    \begin{center}
    \verb|\femaleduck|
    \end{center}
    Result:
    \begin{figure}
    \centering
    \femaleduck
    \end{figure}
    Accessory \verb|pic| available: \verb|bow| 
    \begin{tikzpicture}
    \pic[scale=.7, transform canvas={scale=.7}] at (.6,.2) {bow};
    \end{tikzpicture}
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
    \frametitle{Daisy version}
    Command: 
    \begin{center}
    \verb|\daisyduck|
    \end{center}
    Result:
    \begin{figure}
    \centering
    \daisyduck
    \end{figure}
    Accessory \verb|pic|s available: \verb|daisy| 
    \begin{tikzpicture}
    \pic[scale=.75, transform canvas={scale=.75}] at (.35,.25) {daisy};
    \end{tikzpicture} 
    \hspace{1em} and \verb|nacklace| 
    \begin{tikzpicture}
    \pic[scale=.5, transform canvas={scale=.5}] at (.5,1) {nacklace};
    \end{tikzpicture}\\
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
    \frametitle{Mathematician version}
    Command: 
    \begin{center}
    \verb|\mathduck|
    \end{center}
    Result:
    \begin{figure}
    \centering
    \mathduck
    \end{figure}
    Accessory \verb|pic|s available:
    \verb|glasses| 
    \begin{tikzpicture}
    \pic[scale=.5, transform canvas={scale=.5}] at (.7,.2) {glasses};
    \end{tikzpicture}
    \hspace{2.4em} and \verb|blackboard| 
    \begin{tikzpicture}
    \pic[scale=.4, transform canvas={scale=.4}] at (1.4,.5) {blackboard};
    \end{tikzpicture}\\
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
    \frametitle{Soccer player version}
    Command: 
    \begin{center}
    \verb|\soccerduck|
    \end{center}
    Result:
    \begin{figure}
    \centering
    \soccerduck
    \end{figure}
    Accessory \verb|pic| available: \verb|soccerball| 
    \begin{tikzpicture}
    \pic[scale=.5,transform canvas={scale=.5},transform shape] at (.5,.3) {soccerball};
    \end{tikzpicture}\\ 
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
    \frametitle{The Befana duck\dots}
    Using \verb|\displaystyle\mathwitch| $\displaystyle\mathwitch$ from the gorgeous Gustavo Mezzetti's package \verb|halloweenmath|, here is the Befana\footnote{For anyone who doesn't know who the Befana is, she's a sort of female version of Santa Claus, who brings gifts or coal (to good and bad children, respectively) every year on January, 6\textsuperscript{th}.} duck!

    Command: 
    \begin{center}
    \verb|\befanaduck|
    \end{center}
    Result:
    \begin{figure}
    \centering
    \befanaduck
    \end{figure}
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
    \frametitle{\dots the ghost duck\dots}
    Using \verb|\xrightswishingghost| $\xrightswishingghost{}$, again from \verb|halloweenmath| package, here is the ghost duck!\\
    Command: 
    \begin{center}
    \verb|\ghostduck|
    \end{center}
    Result:
    \begin{figure}
    \centering
    \resizebox{0.7\textwidth}{!}{%
    \ghostduck
    }
    \end{figure}
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}[fragile=singleslide]
    \frametitle{\dots and the vampire duck!}
    The vampire duck, with bats from \verb|halloweenmath| package!

    Command: 
    \begin{center}
    \verb|\vampireduck|
    \end{center}
    Result:
    \begin{figure}
    \centering
    \resizebox{0.5\textwidth}{!}{%
    \vampireduck
    }
    \end{figure}
\end{frame}
\end{document}
  • +1! But I cannot see the rationale for including (or even just for considering inclusion of) the halloweenmath package… – GuM Jan 8 '17 at 1:57
  • 1
    Do you know Room on the Broom (kids' book)? he duck sits just where the cat does in the illustrations. The witch had a duck and... I wonder what a good rhyme would be – Chris H Jan 11 '17 at 11:21
  • @ChrisH I didn't know that kids' book, but in the halloweenmath package there is a black cat on the broom, let's see if someone can find a good rhyme! Hahaha – CarLaTeX Jan 11 '17 at 13:16
  • Really lovely! (:-) But why not \node {$\displaystyle\mathwitch$}? – GuM Jan 11 '17 at 20:22
  • I think that just the beard is worth it! :-) And now that you are at it, what about a duck pursued by a ghost? :o) – GuM Jan 12 '17 at 0:39

Since David Carlisle is too shy to add his solutions here, I've copied them from chat for him and added as community wiki.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{color}
\begin{document}
    Football duck:

    \begin{picture}(100,100)
    \put(50,50){\oval(50,20){}}
    \put(70,65){\circle{20}}
    \put(35,50){\line(1,0){30}}
    \put(70,65){\circle*{2}}
    \put(75,67){\line(6,-1){10}}
    \put(75,63){\line(6,1){10}}
    {\thicklines\multiput(30,40)(9,0){5}{\line(0,1){17}}}%
    \put(70,42){\circle*{10}}
    \end{picture}

    Pineapple pizza duck dedicated to me:   

    \begin{picture}(100,100)
    \put(50,50){\oval(50,20){}}
    \put(70,65){\circle{20}}
    \put(35,50){\line(1,0){30}}
    \put(70,65){\circle*{2}}
    \put(75,67){\line(6,-1){10}}
    \put(75,63){\line(6,1){10}}
    \put(70,42){{\color[RGB]{230,230,200}\circle*{40}}}
    \put(70,42){{\color{yellow}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(65,38){{\color{yellow}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(66,42){{\color{yellow}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(72,36){{\color{yellow}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(75,42){{\color{yellow}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(72,46){{\color{yellow}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(69,43){{\color[RGB]{255,128,64}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(65,36){{\color[RGB]{255,128,64}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(62,40){{\color[RGB]{255,128,64}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(69,40){{\color[RGB]{255,128,64}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(71,38){{\color[RGB]{255,128,64}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \put(66,45){{\color[RGB]{255,128,64}\rule{2pt}{2pt}}}
    \end{picture}
\end{document}

enter image description here

  • 1
    I'm too shy, it says so above. – David Carlisle Sep 8 '17 at 10:25

I'm pretty sure that somebody is going to complain that this answer is insufficiently serious and unworthy of this site's lofty aims. To the critics say I, you clearly spend too little time mucking about in the river.

True love with a soul mate ...

\documentclass[border=10pt,x11names,dvipsnames,svgnames]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations.pathmorphing}
\newcounter{duckno}
\tikzset{
  hwyaden/.pic={
    \tikzset{hwyaden/.cd, shading/.style={#1}}
    \stepcounter{duckno}
    \begin{scope}[local bounding box/.expanded=h\theduckno]
      \shade [hwyaden/shading] (0,0) -- (-\mathhwyaden,0) -- (120:{6*\mathhwyaden}) arc (120:60:{6*\mathhwyaden}) -- (\mathhwyaden,0) -- cycle;
    \end{scope}
    \clip ([yshift={-4*\mathhwyaden},xshift={-2*\mathhwyaden}]h\theduckno.south west) coordinate (a) rectangle ([yshift={6*\mathhwyaden}, xshift={2*\mathhwyaden}]h\theduckno.east |- a) coordinate (e);
    \shade [top color=blue!50!cyan, bottom color=blue!75!black!25, middle color=blue!50!black, decorate, decoration={snake, amplitude=1pt, segment length=\mathhwyaden}] ([xshift=\mathhwyaden, yshift=-\mathhwyaden]e) -|  ([xshift=-\mathhwyaden, yshift=-\mathhwyaden]a) -| cycle;
  },
  hwyaden/.search also={/tikz/},
  hwyaden/.cd,
  shading/.style=black,
  size/.store in=\mathhwyaden,
  size=10pt,
}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
  \pic {hwyaden={ball color=brown, postaction={outer color=Brown, inner color=Apricot, opacity=.5}}};
  \pic at (60pt,0) {hwyaden={preaction={outer color=DarkGreen, inner color=ForestGreen, opacity=1}, ball color=LimeGreen, opacity=.75, postaction={outer color=DarkGreen, inner color=Gold, opacity=.75}}};
  \node (d) [anchor=mid west, white, font=\itshape\bfseries, align=left] at ([yshift={-5*\mathhwyaden}]h1.west) {Heads down, tails up,\\Dabbling free!};
  \node [white, anchor=north east, font=\footnotesize\itshape] at (d.south -| current bounding box.east) {--- Kenneth Grahame};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

A duck with her drake ...

duck & drake

  • google.it/amp/s/gurglewords.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/… I've just learnt that Prof. van Duck is a drake O.o – CarLaTeX Jul 29 '17 at 3:18
  • @CarLaTeX That's not the link I used, but I saw gurglewords among my search results. Incidentally, this pair each have wings although, of course, they are under water at the moment. – cfr Jul 29 '17 at 3:26
  • I'd put the large part of the tail near the water and the tip up: youtu.be/dRRhwOp89F8 – CarLaTeX Jul 29 '17 at 3:33
  • @CarLaTeX My duck and her drake aspire to be peacocks. – cfr Jul 29 '17 at 3:35
  • 1
    @samcarter So with Wind in the Willows and Alle meine Entchen together, I have the English- and German-speaking worlds covered ;). – cfr Jul 29 '17 at 16:06

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