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What would be the latex symbol closest to the picture of a clown? I searched through the site for "clown" but only found references to formatting an already existing picture of a clown. For obvious reasons "detexify" does not help here, either.

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    I doubt that there is such a symbol in a regular font, but in some weird font being used with Xelatex or LuaLaTeX it could be possible, depending on the font, of course. – user31729 Apr 12 '18 at 9:34
  • How about a simple smiley with a cone hat or something like that? – Mikhail Katz Apr 12 '18 at 9:48
  • Unfortunately the closest person in tikzpeople is a jester – Chris H Apr 12 '18 at 13:18
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    Most often it is gaming.SE that provides clickbait titles for HNQ, but it looks like prize is yours today. – Oleg V. Volkov Apr 13 '18 at 9:25
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If you use LuaLaTeX or XeLaTeX, you can use the clown Unicode symbol (U+1f921) from a black&white emoji font:

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\newfontface\emojifont{Segoe UI Emoji}
\begin{document}
{\emojifont^^^^^^01f921}
\end{document}

enter image description here

Segoe UI Emoji is a Windows emoji font. On UNIX-like systems, the Symbola font is often installed or can be installed:

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\newfontface\emojifont{Symbola}
\begin{document}
{\emojifont^^^^^^01f921}
\end{document}

enter image description here

  • Thanks! Can you include a picture in your answer? I see only tex code. Which font should I use in a unix environment? Lualatex does seem to be available on our system. – Mikhail Katz Apr 12 '18 at 10:10
  • Is it correct that in the name of the font there are blanc spaces between Segoe and UI and between UI and Emoji? Our unix system does not recognize the font. – Mikhail Katz Apr 12 '18 at 11:33
  • The spaces are right, but the font is not installed on non-Windows systems. That is why I added the Symbola version. Sometimes Symbola isn't installed either, then you can install it yourself. – Marcel Krüger Apr 12 '18 at 11:46
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By popular demand, clowns added from comments section.

EDIT to add color.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{stackengine,graphicx,scalerel,xcolor}
\setstackEOL{\\}
\setstackgap{S}{1pt}
\newcommand\Bullet{\textcolor{red}{$\bullet$}}
\newcommand\Wedge{\textcolor{blue}{$\wedge$}}
\begin{document}
Sad clown:
\scalerel*{\Shortstack{\Wedge\\\\oo\\\Bullet\\\rotatebox{90}{)}}}{Xg}

Happy clown:
\scalerel*{\Shortstack{\Wedge\\\\oo\\\Bullet\\\rotatebox{90}{(}}}{Xg}

Surprised clown:
\scalerel*{\Shortstack{\Wedge\\\\oo\\\Bullet\\\rotatebox{90}{0}}}{Xg}

Too cool for school:
\scalerel*{\Shortstack{\Wedge\\
  \scalebox{1.4}{$\bullet\makebox[0pt][c]{$-$}\bullet$}\\\Bullet\\---}}{Xg}

Sleeping clown:
\scalerel*{\Shortstack{\Wedge\\\\-{}-\\\Bullet\\\rotatebox{90}{(}}}{Xg}

Clownthulhu: \scalerel*{\Shortstack{\Wedge\\\\\scriptsize oo\\\Bullet\\\scalebox{.16}[.75]{$\sqcup\mkern1mu\sqcup\mkern1mu\sqcup\mkern1mu\sqcup$}}}{Xg}
\end{document}

enter image description here

  • Sleeping clown:\scalerel*{\Shortstack{$\wedge$\\\\-{}-\\$\bullet$\\\rotatebox{90}{(}}}{Xg} – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Apr 12 '18 at 11:35
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    @samcarter Clownthulhu: \scalerel*{\Shortstack{$\wedge$\\\\\scriptsize oo\\$\bullet$\\\scalebox{.16}[.75]{$\sqcup\mkern1mu\sqcup\mkern1mu\sqcup\mkern1mu\sqcup$}}}{Xg} – Steven B. Segletes Apr 12 '18 at 11:43
  • Ohhh! Scary :) ~~~ – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Apr 12 '18 at 11:47
  • @StevenB.Segletes can you add the code from the comments to your answer (including the picture) ? – albert Apr 12 '18 at 15:39
  • @albert Done, per your request. – Steven B. Segletes Apr 12 '18 at 17:27
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\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{tikzducks}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}
    \duck[magichat,bill=red]
\end{tikzpicture}   

\end{document}

enter image description here

With the development version of the tikzducks package it is now possible to draw an harlequin duck:

\documentclass{standalone}

\usepackage{tikzducks}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}
\duck[harlequin,jacket=red,stripes={\stripes[color=blue, width=0.46, distance=3]}]
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}

enter image description here

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    You quack me up! – Steven B. Segletes Apr 12 '18 at 11:25
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    ...but... that's a wizard, not a clown! ;-) – Rmano Apr 12 '18 at 14:21
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    @Rmano artistic freedom :) – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Apr 12 '18 at 14:23
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    Happy to have occasioned some smiles at this site. – Mikhail Katz Apr 12 '18 at 14:24
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    @Rmano ...and if you keep up talk like that, she'll turn you into a toad! – Steven B. Segletes Apr 12 '18 at 18:42

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