thanks Senor McKinley..
Thanks for the response. Much appreciated.
So then I will stick with the nurb's plane creation and then apply my modeling image to that plane.
As far as the boolean operation, it is up to the artist. I notice when I boolean union the two polygonal objects, the excess polygon geometry that is not needed in the boolean union is removed from the combined objects. When I compare this to the combine polygon tool, the retained faces or geometry must be removed after the union. In either case it seems to me to be a matter of selecting the right vertices, merging them, and then recreating four sided polygons to clean things up.
Much thanks. 3deeder...
If any of this isn't correct please respond, if not, I'll assume I'm on the right track and continue downloading your easy-to-understand videos.