Richard Dominguez was born Eufrancio Ricardo Dominguez on September
22,1960. His parents, Ricardo and Juanita, along with his four
brothers and two sisters (Richard was second to the oldest), first
made their home on Nomas Street in West Dallas. It has been rumored
that in the Depression Era the infamous Bonnie and Clyde began
their 'careers' in that part of Dallas.
Richard's father worked at various odd jobs and provided for his
family as best he could. Though far from rich, the family ate
regularly. Richard's early years were brightened by samplings
of children's book illustrators of the early 20th century. He
was also influenced by British comic artist Roy Wilson (Funny
Wonder,Tip Top & Jingles) and animated features (particularly
Max Fleisher and Walt Disney cartoons.) Golden Age comic book
artists such as Bob Kane, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, and Jack Cole
and various EC/MAD Comics cartoonists from the 1950's and 60's
were also a great inspiration.
Dominguez' family relocated to the Love Field area of North Dallas
where he continued his education. In high school Richard enrolled
in Commerical Art and took it for the next three years until graduating
in 1979. He later took Life Drawing classes at a community college
before taking a job at a local supermarket chain to create and
paint point-of-purchase displays. During the late 80's and early
90's, Richard worked as an intern for several art/design studios
before venturing out on his own.
Dominguez has been creating, illustrating and drawing ever since
he can remember. He is believed to be the only Hispanic storyboard
artist working in the Southwest region for the past 15 years.
Some of Dominguez' past clients include: DIESTE,HARMEL & PARTNERS,
BECKETT PUBLICATIONS, DIGITAS-NEW YORK, GRUPO SAMBA, ORNELAS &
ASSOCIATES, PUBLICIS-SANCHEZ-LEVITAN, WILSON/GREY WORLDWIDE, SPANISH
MARKETING and TRACY LOCKE PARTNERSHIP. All have experienced Dominguez'
bold and dynamic style of art.
In 1993, Dominguez received major media attention with his Hispanic
comic book superhero, EL GATO NEGRO, which he not only created,
but also wrote and illustrated. Richard calls the title "the
Hispanic answer to Batman". Azteca Productions, Richards
publishing company, has published 4 issues of EL GATO NEGRO, which
has a huge following of fans worldwide. For more information about
EL GATO NEGRO and Dominguez' publishing company, AZTECA PRODUCTIONS
go to: http://www.azteca-productions.com.
Richard Dominguez is in the process of going digital, using
Adobe Photoshop and MetaCreation Painter to do all of his storyboards
and layouts. He continues to study his craft, learning from new
methods of painting. He is also influenced by the great Hispanic
calender artists, Jesus Helguera and Jorge Gonzalez Camarena.
The greats made it look easy, something that Dominguez is striving
for in his own work as well. Richard is a former member of the
Dallas Society of Illustrators and co-founder of the Professional
Amigos of the Comic Arts Society (PACAS). He currently resides
in the suburbs of Dallas with his lovely wife Olga, daughter Sarah
(8 years old) and son, Piotr (3 years old). When Dominguez is
not sitting in front of the drawing board, he is spending time
with his family and working around his house. His hobby is collecting
Minor League baseball caps.