"yeah, but what will it look like?"
Drafting and 3D modeling are essential tools in my design kit. The modeling illustrates what the element will look like while the drafting instructs how to make the element look right. I frequently use combinations of SketchUp modeling, computer drafting, and old-school hand drafting to illustrate concepts and ideas before fabrication begins. Discoveries made during the modeling/drafting process often help identify challenges, find efficiencies, and bring a better sense of understanding to the project team.