Thanks for your compliment. Rarely do I use simplify. Part of the process involves cleaning up the photo and removing noise before I use open it with Studio Artist. SA picks up every little blemish and exaggerates it.In SA, First I sharpen the image a number of times depending on the look I want. Sometimes I will soften that by duplicating a sharpened layer and applying a blur to that overlay. Then I experiment by using different layers in different settings till I get a look I like. Sometimes with edge, Multiply, etc. I will also go in and adjust colors. I do not remember the exact steps used for Coney Island on My Mind. I have found that depending on the image, using the same sequence of steps can give entirely different result. I am continually surprised with the results I get through constant experimentation.
I appreciate your interest in my process. However, I have previously responded to your request on my approach to creating my imagery, related to this image and others. You seemed very happy with the depth of my answer. While I am always open to helping depending on the situation, I do not want to be give a step by step answer to duplicate my imagery. For one thing, it would be impossible. I myself could not even remember. And Studio Artist responds very differently to different photographs. I react to the image as if I were creating a painting, stroke by stroke. If I like the result, I keep it. If I don't I try something else. The key is to keep experimenting until you find what you like. For each image I create and decide upon as a final, I may have tried up to 20-30 other images that did not work for me. Hours and hours of work. There are no shortcuts. While this may not be the answer you hoped for, I need to be honest and direct with you.
I appreciate your reply. Yes, I was annoyed and I also felt sad afterwards that I may have overreacted. I am sorry. I reread my earlier answer to your first question. Actually everything I originally said answers your questions. For the second image I played with line sceens in Adjust to get that background pattern. But once again, depending on the photo and the color, the line screen reacts differently. There are many times when I can not get the same result on another image. For me Studio Artist is not a by the number piece of software. What differentiates it from photoshop is that the layers are interactive. That's why I spend many hours trying different options. In many cases there are no shortcuts.
I will still be happy to help you . However part of being a creator and getting ones work to a higher level involves a willingness to go through a certain amount of pain and unknowing to get to a place of greater light. For many years I had the raw talent and was unwilling to risk that. So my work was good and sometimes excellent. But I never had that breakthrough moment. Now occasionally I do and my art is starting to reflect that.
Key for me was chosing a "look" that I loved. My continued experimentation to refine that style limits my trying to know everything in SA (which is overwhelming and virtually impossible). Little by little I do add new brushes to my palette. But I always start with my foundation and see how a new experiment affects the overall look.
I do hope this helps.