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Sam "Samwise" Didier (born 1971 in Tustin, California) is the Art Director at Blizzard Entertainment. He is responsible for creating much of the artwork for computer games in the Warcraft, StarCraft, and the Diablo series. He is the senior art director on StarCraft II. Amongst the veteran Blizzard employees, Didier has been a consistent artist for many years, his unique style greatly influencing the game art through all of Blizzard's franchises.
Didier was responsible for the Pandaren, a race regarded by fans - and used by Blizzard - as a "joke race" but still with legitimacy within the lore. Among other things, panda icons also appeared accompanying much of Didier's art, and could be seen in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne as the emblem on the Night Elf demon hunter's glaives, his name is written in the Paladin's book, when he casts a spell, and an unused Icon and two Models have the face of Sam's face, visible only in the Map Editor. In Starcraft II there is a multiplayer portrait, containing a "Panda Marine".