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Ian Naylor

Ian Naylor - Cumbria, UK based animator

Today Ian Naylor is based in the town where he grew up, but his early career in technical illustration took him to London ... and the arcane delights of Soho's Dean Street. He’s an artist with a passion for detail, mechanics and structure, creating functional and informative works of art as well as more figurative pieces for the advertising world. He's fascinated by lighthouses, ships and the sea, a perfect escape is to the Crinnan Canal on the Scottish West Coast, it’s a magical place ... then way out west and the outer isles, like approaching the rim of the World ! He also enjoys working with his hands and in a world before illustration, trained briefly as a cabinetmaker. He still makes furniture when time permits, taking an experimental approach to design, structure and materials. Also a keen model maker and in his well equipped workshop, constructs static wooden ships for display and has even been known to indulge in ceramics, making lighthouses, strangely enough !


Ian studied Technical Illustration at Blackpool Art College in the early 80s and his career began straight afterwards. In those days it was all pencils, inks and airbrushing but he embraced digital in 1992.


A project begins with a discussion about what the illustration is setting out to achieve, sketching out a basic composition, then constructing the finished image in 3D on the computer. Though he began as a technical illustrator, today his work comprises everything from complex cutaways to product renderings and magazine covers featuring 3D text and amazingly realistic computer generated scenery.


Realism, accuracy and technical competence are all hallmarks of Ian’s work, from cities and stadia to trains and ships, pistons, prog rock covers and Daleks.

Client list

Davie Shipbuilding Prog Rock Magazine MEED Magazine Which Money Dorling Kindersley Terra Mater Magazine
Animation of steamship shieldhall by  Ian Naylor
Ian Naylor
An animation of the Santa Maria structure cut-away
Ian Naylor
Hero 3d animation
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Radio animation | Technical style gallery
Ian Naylor
Engine animation| Technical style gallery
Ian Naylor
Pinball game animation by Ian Naylor
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Riser clamp animation by Ian Naylor
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High 5 Animation logo
Ian Naylor
Box wrapping animation by Ian Nayor
Ian Naylor
An animation of aerial view of a shipyard
Ian Naylor
An animation of Jet interior
Ian Naylor
An animation of a van hitting orbit
Ian Naylor
Display stand animation by Ian Naylor
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Water simulation animation by Ian Naylor
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One Novelis text animation
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Spinning web sputnik logo animation
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Smelting Process 3d animation
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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 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)
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
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
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.
‘The best animation of triple expansion steam power I've ever seen!' Not me, the career educatator speaking, though it was a pleasure working on it with you. You had veteran marine engineers first speechless in admiration, then full of technical praise. That was after you had already delivered, on time and in budget, an inspired animation of the ship's construction, based on an amazing rivet-perfect 3D model of Shieldhall, our classic 20th century steamship. As I said, a pleasure - to work with a magician determined to get it right!
Maurice Meredith, Steamship SHIELDHALL
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
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
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
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