Comic Art Terms – Ligne Claire
Ligne claire is a style of drawing pioneered by Hergé, the Belgian creator of The Adventures of Tintin. The term is French for a clear line. It uses clear strong lines all of the same width and no hatching, while contrast is downplayed as well. Cast shadows are often illuminate.
Additionally, the style often features strong colors and a combination of cartoonist characters against a realistic background. All these elements together can result in giving strips drawn this way a flat aspect. Other characteristics usually include the clarity and easy readability of the panel compositions, and a relatively uniform degree of drawing in the figures. The name was coined by Joost Swarte in 1977