Computer Animator & 3D Modeller
Mike was born and raised in Western Australia, and has since lived and worked in Sydney, the UK and the middle-east.
His early life revolved around working as a commercial diver and also as an Airbrush Artist. He later studied photography and worked as a commercial photographer.
Mike’s interest in 3D computer graphics began when he was employed as an Exhibition designer, using 3D AutoCad in Perth. This in turn led him to work creating broadcast television graphics for AIM (ABC) in Sydney.
His 3D work really developed as a modeller for a multimedia company called Microplus in Perth, which went on to become Immersive Technologies, one of the world's largest manufacturers of mining equipment simulators.
His role as Senior 3D modeller for TAFEs CG&VR (Computer Graphics and Visualisation centre) introduced him to 3D laser scanning, a field he is still working in today.
He moved to the UK to work at TRL (The British Research Labs) in their Investigation and Risk Management section. Mike was using long range 3D Laser scanners to record data from serious vehicle crashes, often working with the British Met Police who are now spearheading laser technology in forensics.
Mike took a “year off” from 3D laser scanning, and went back to producing 3D visualisation graphics as Senior 3D Designer for the opening Ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha Qatar. With Mike tasked to create an animated 3D “Virtual rehearsal” of the entire opening ceremony.
One of Mike’s pastimes since 1993 has been paragliding. Mike has travelled extensively with his paragliding and some of the places he has been include Australia, South Africa, Switzerland, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Qatar, UAE and Lebanon. Often these trips allow Mike to scout for suitable places to run our car. The image on the left is Mike paragliding in the United Arab Emirates.
Many of the images of Aussie Invader 5R on this site are produced by Mike for us and he also works on 3D modelling of new components in the little or spare time he has. More of Mike’s great work and paragliding exploits can be seen at www.mikeannear.com
Mike’s new passion is his 30 year old Farrier designed Trimaran “Triffic”.