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Ian Naylor

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British illustrator Ian Naylor makes the impossible possible using his expert 3D rendering skills. From futuristic vehicles to incredible 3D lettering, and from cutaways of oil rigs to children’s toys that come to life, his technical skills and eye for detail mean he can visualise just about anything for his clients, and animate it too.
Based in the Lake District, Ian’s career began in technical illustration and he continues to have a passion for structure and mechanics, and loves figuring out how things work. The angles, the perspectives, the intricate details of things are all fascinating to him, which informs his illustration and animation styles. Ian studied Technical Illustration at Blackpool Art College in the early 1980s.

Approach

After discussing the project with his client, Ian sketches out a composition using pens and pencils, and then creates the scene in 3D using Cinema 4D.

Styles

Realism, accuracy and technical competence are all hallmarks of Ian’s work, but with the modelling, texturing and rendering tools available in his 3D software, he can create a style to suit any brief.

Client list

Ian’s clients include The Economist, Oxford University Press, Davie Shipbuilding, Pentair, MEED magazine, Which? Money, Dorling Kindersley and Terra Mater Magazine.
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An illustration of container vessel
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Turbine Illustration | Technical style gallery
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An illustration of gas cylinder
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Pigs illustration by Ian Naylor
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Mechanism illustration | Technical style gallery
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An illustration of Telecommunication
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An illustration of Qatar flag
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An illustration of Monorail
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UAE/UK trade illustration by Ian Naylor
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Rig illustration by Ian Naylor
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Army illustration by Ian Naylor
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Dogtags illustration by Ian Naylor
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Spectrometer illustration | Technical style gallery
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Reactor illustration | Technical style gallery
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Hammer illustration | Technical style gallery
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Skeletons illustration | Medical style gallery
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Monopoly game board illustration by Ian Naylor
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Foot air pump illustration by Ian Naylor
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Open burner illustration by Ian Naylor
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An illustration of hospital beds
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Big ship docked at harbour illustration
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Turbo fan aircraft illustration by Ian Naylor
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Seabed illustration by Ian Naylor
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An illustration of Harbour
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Detailed drawing of ship air compressor
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An illustration of Industrial layout
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An illustration of Oxygen pipe and mask
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Airport illustration by Ian Naylor
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Vintage tv illustration by Ian Naylor
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Typewriter illustration by Ian Naylor
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Oil port illustration | Technical style gallery
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Magzine cover illustration by Ian Naylor
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Truck illustration by Ian Naylor
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Cityscape illustration by Ian Nayor
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Ship marine illustration by Ian Naylor
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Plug illustration | Technical style gallery
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An illustration of numbers with steel
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Driving sensors in a car illustration by Ian Naylor
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Thank you, Ian! Absolutely incredible. These illustrations are fantastic. Very futuristic, indeed. Great working with you. '
Germaine Cap de Ville, Terra Mater Magazine
Ian's work for Prog magazine has been of a consistantly high standard and his understanding of the briefs and ability to suggest and make improvements has really been an aid to making our wallets a real success.
Russell Fairbrother, Prog Magazine
Just to let you know this artwork has been approved - thanks, they love it! This was a tricky piece for us to get right, and everyone is delighted with how it’s turned out.
Sally Spray, Rufflebrothers for Oxford University Press
Ian has been working with MEED for several years and with me personally since 2010. Ian’s work is always top quality with great attention to detail. In addition, he delivers in a timely fashion to meet our tight weekly deadlines, we also find him accommodating in terms of tweaks and changes to artwork. One of the outstanding pieces that Ian has created for us is a cover for a supplement on Qatar, our sales teams often use this issue to illustrate the quality of our products
Martin Staniszewski , Art Editor MEED Dubai
Ian has created an absolutely outstanding and inimitable piece of work for us that gives a hugely valuable overview of the many different sectors and areas within the marine industry. His technical knowledge and eye for detail are unrivalled and he was hugely accommodating with all our needs, changes and additions. In the hands of someone else, this may have been an excessively busy and complicated picture. However, Ian managed to create an intricate but clear illustration that is both informative and elegant. If you want projects completed with perfectly executed artwork, I would urge you to use Ian!
Anshie Patel, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)
Just a quick note, Ian, to say that this Intelligence Corps illustration is absolutely phenomenal. Just so good! The client is delighted and we certainly are. Thanks for all your hard work on this, and we'll be in touch for the next assignment.
Daniel Anderson-Ford, Army Publications
I'd have no hesitation saying the 3d ship, Santa Maria, is beautiful, made with exceptional accuracy and you were a pleasure to work with throughout.
Daniel Mills, Dorling Kindersley
They are great Ian! All is good and thank you very much for your hard work and dedication to getting the job done. Hopefully we will have a need for your talents in the future.
Eanna Timoney, The Timoney Group
Thank you for your hard work on this!! You rock !!
Melissa Mazza, Direct Marketing News
I cannot recommend Ian highly enough. Over the past 10 years he has supplied a wide range of 3D animations for use in our broadcast documentaries and corporate productions. He is always dependable and delivers without fail on deadlines, plus his creative eye is second to none
Martyn Hollingworth, Digitarium EU
Simply incredible talent, Ian goes way above and beyond to please. Clearly, for Ian, this is a passion and not just a job, which is reflected in his work. His ability to understand and convert complex technical situations into clean, simple visuals has allowed our clients to understand our products and facilities in a snapshot; in a style which epitomizes clean corporate design. Ian goes above and beyond, building all graphic components of the illustration from scratch in order to retain the same style throughout. This meant that despite having only commissioned a panoramic view of our shipbuilding facility, we were also able to extract detailed 3D renderings and animations of the different types of ships under construction in the same style, providing us with an invaluable collection of graphics and animations for use in print, web and video. I can not recommend Ian highly enough – you will not be disappointed
Alex Vicefield, Davie Shipbuilding, Canada.
Ian has developed several conceptual designs for subsea environments and seascapes which have been used to great effect in both BMP’s web site together with being incorporated into brochures and exhibition material. We have found Ian’s work to be very innovative and creative which has provided BMP with a perfect platform to further develop its marketing of subsea cable protection products.
Steve Moon, BMP Europe Ltd