Artistic look from photos can be created with a few steps in GIMP 2.8.8.
Start GIMP and open the photo (which is in colour).
Step 1: Select the photo.
Moving dots/dashes should be around the photo.
From the main menubar, click Select ->All or press "Ctrl+A"
Step 2: Remove colour from the photo.Click the menu Colors ->Desaturate... and choose a shade of gray based on Lightness or Luminosity or Average. Click "OK"
Click the menu Colors ->Hue-Saturation... and slide Saturation value all the way to left or -100.
Step 3: Strip gray tonesClick the menu Filters ->Edge-Detect ->Difference of Gaussians...
Default checks the boxes Normalize and Invert. Radius 1 value is 3.0 and Radius 2 is 1.0.
Note: At this point if it results in a blank image, remove the Alpha channel
Step 4: Raise the linesClick the menu Colors ->Brightness-Contrast...
Increase brightness value and reduce contrast value until image appears. Click "OK"
Step 5: Enhance the light linesClick the menu Colors ->Levels... and click "Auto".
In the graph like "Input Levels", slide the triangle till to left until the desired tone. Click "OK"