For context, the "Star Ducks" are a mysterious race of aliens supposedly responsible for the creation of SCP-1952, a cybernetically and biologically augmented Homo erectus who has the limbs of a duck and a helmet that enhances his intellect. According to him, he was once an "average caveman" named Gorb, a hunter-gatherer. But one day, he was abducted by a large spacecraft resembling an egg, which scooped him in with a tractor beam composed of sticky amniotic fluid. Upon being brought into the craft, he was operated upon by the "Star Ducks", who amputated his legs and vomited on the wound causing a pair of duck-like legs to grow in in their place. They then placed a metal helmet on his head, and used him as a living marionette for the sake of laughs and sadistic entertainment. This event was agonizing for SCP-1952, leaving him with severe anatidaephobia that will likely remain for the rest of his now eternal life. SCP-1952, after somehow escaping the sadistic beings, was taken into Foundation custody some millions of years later. The "Star Ducks" haven't been seen since.
I wanted to draw these things not only because they are honestly a hilarious idea, but also because I wanted to see if I can feasibly design a "Star Duck" without making it look like a meek "Earth Duck". Turned out to be a lot harder than it sounds. I thought of an interesting hypothetical in which the Foundation finds an ancient, crashed egg-ship with stasis pods full of dead "Star Ducks", and documents their findings via necropsy. This hypothetical discovery is chronicled in the image text, and as I continued to work on the sketch, I added to the hypothetical "description" when I was happy with whatever I added. I went through several iterations while drawing this thing, and took about 3 days to find a look I was happy with. I tried as best as I can to make it abundantly clear that these creatures evolved on different anatomical and phylogenetic principles while also converging in a strange manner, giving a "kinda but not really" sort of uncanny likeness. For example, like an Earth duck it has something resembling feathers and something resembling a bill, but it's skeleton and organs are nothing like a duck's at all. Like earth avialans, the lineage of creatures that the "Space Ducks" originated from had attained powered flight, though they attained it with wings of skin rather than feathers, and the various anatomical specializations that allow sustained flight (namely the muscle types involved in flapping and the design of the wing) are fundamentally different. I also wanted to apply loose elements of body horror to the design as well. The "Star Ducks" themselves kind of resemble a jumble of dislocated duck parts, and the yolk-like device on the chest looks pretty damn disgusting too. Of course, I wanted to maintain the goofiness of the concept in the final design, and I think I managed to capture that with the bizarre, lanky build of the creature and the exaggerated "bill" and feet.
SCP-1952 and the "Star Ducks" belong to GibberingEloquence.
I kind of want to design an alien civilization made out of "entelodont"-like aliens the same way you designed these star ducks, like give them a similar shape and physical design but with very obvious different anatomical characteristics and phylogenetic backgrounds.