The Fairy of Magpie-Bridge

ZHINU - The Fairy of magpie Bridge - by Jayel Draco
ZHINU – The Fairy weaver-girl of magpie Bridge – costume, photography, and photomanipulation by Jayel Draco

TheFairyOfMagpieBridge by =JayelDraco on deviantART

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She is Zhinü – The weaver-girl fairy of Magpie Bridge
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Poem by Qin Guan
Translation by Kylie Hsu

Among the beautiful clouds,
Over the heavenly river,
Crosses the weaving maiden.
A night of rendezvous,
Across the autumn sky,
Surpasses joy on earth.
Moments of tender love and dream,
So sad to leave the magpie bridge.
Eternal love between us two,
Shall withstand the time apart.

Read about the QiXi Festival and it’s history here: QiXi-Wiki


Model: Nicole Zhang

Photography: =JayelDraco & ~Blackscarab333

Photomanipulation: =JayelDraco

Costume: =JayelDraco


Ice Galacy Texture
by ~DeviousRose

The Milky Way
by *mabaxter

full moon stock
by ~Moon-WillowStock

Smoke and Clouds Brush
by *Wen-JR

by ~alais-stock

Black Crow in flight
by ~stockmichelle

Troubled Crow custom shape set
by ~razorberries

Crow 2
by =SalsolaStock

Birds Brush Set 1
by ~Falln-Brushes

Crow Stock 3
by *Shoofly-Stock

huangshan 1.2
by ~meihua-stock

huangshan 1.1
by ~meihua-stock

Lakeside 01
by ~HereWeStock

Stock 008- Lotus Blossom
by ~synconi-stock


Keep your layers separate: Of course when you get into hundreds of layers, this might sound crazy.
However, if you organize your layers with groups(folders) you’ll be able to manage. Categorize Your layers hierarchically.
In this piece, my groups are as follows:

Top most – this includes; texts, framing & global adjustment layer.
Forground – this includes; anything in front of an not physically connected to the character.
Character – this includes; Anything connected to the character even effects and adjustment layers that single the character out.
Midground – this includes; Anything just behing the character that exists within the same relative plain of depth.
Background – this includes; Anything Behind the midground.

Of course within those major grouping you can have as many sub-groupings as you need. within those you can add sub-sub-groups etc.
Ie: In my “midground” group I have a “MagieBridge” group. Within that are; “MagpieCutouts”, “MagpieVectors” and “MagpieBrushes”.
This will really help you if toward the end of your progress you decide you want to change one Magpie that you placed early on in the pieces development.

I hope this TIP helps you on your journey.


As always, your questions, comments and critiques are all greatly appreciated,
but please, RESPECT THE MODEL or everyone will know your uncool :P

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