I completely forgot I had made this back in 2009. Time to log it in here for future generations.
Nite sketch: All the girls from One Direction.
Educational Comix: Dealing with bad things in life.
So, first, to illuminate means to produce light unto something, so “illuminated darkness” means that there isn’t darkness anymore where the darkness was but instead of darkness there is light now because you illuminated the darkness. So you’re saying light is nothing but light. Which I agree with.
What light is is a form of electromagnetic radiation that’s very real because if it was an illusion it would have to be an optical illusion and you wouldn’t be able to see it if light wasn’t well lit. I don’t know if it brings a false sense of safety but it makes my retinas hurt if I let too much of it through my pupils, so it can be sort of a dick, I guess.
Secondly, I’ve never wondered why light casts shadows because it doesn’t. Opaque, dense objects (like you) can impede light rays and cast their silhouettes onto other surfaces, creating shadows. Light only casts itself.
Now excuse me while I go cast myself into a river.
This is a rough animation of a rotating cube as seen in parallel projection.
I made this studying aid to illustrate what removal of perspective cues like convergence does to depth perception.
Even when the shading is removed the illusion still persists thanks to the kinetic depth effect. However, since we’re in parallel projection, only the y-axis is affected by it (in a non-natural, obfuscated way at that), placing the right image in the uncomfortable spot of looking like a 3D cube in one moment and an oscillating rectangle with a line translating inside it in another.