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Why does everyone say 'ligne claire'?

#1 · Posted: 17 Mar 2006 16:38
Herge's style was 'ligne claire'. Only once, in 'tintin, the pocket essential' did I see it called 'clear line'. If this is an English forum, shouldn't it be called 'clear line'.
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#2 · Posted: 17 Mar 2006 23:53
It gets called ‘ligne claire’ because it's a Franco-Belgian tradition. ‘Clear line’ is fine too but it doesn't really matter what you call it, as long as everyone understands it, n'est pas?
#3 · Posted: 29 Mar 2006 22:25
It's the name of the style, like the technique "chiaroscuro." People don't translate that as "lightdark," but that's what it means. The name just stuck.
#4 · Posted: 30 Mar 2006 17:39
I think I tend to say 'clear line' when talking specifically about the style, and 'ligne clair' when referring to the tradition. But I expect I mix them up when just blurting out with no thought (standard procedure).

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