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Ian Naylor

Ian Naylor - International technical illustrator. UK

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.


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.


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.
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
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 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
Thank you, Ian! Absolutely incredible. These illustrations are fantastic. Very futuristic, indeed. Great working with you. '
Germaine Cap de Ville, Terra Mater Magazine
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
Thank you for your hard work on this!! You rock !!
Melissa Mazza, Direct Marketing News
The artwork Ian produced was spot on with great attention to detail. Fast, enthusiastic, easy to work with and very professional. Easy to commission and a pleasure to deal with.
Sam Williams, Which? Money
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
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
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
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.
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
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