In maki-e technique, there are few makie techniques to raise the design. One of the maki-e technique is called Sumikoage technique, which uses charcoal powder to raise the design.
I was told that the artisan has to craft the pen in a control air-flow environment to avoid the fine charcoal powder from floating in the air. The artisan also also need to good breathing technique for the same reason, and breathing in the fine charcoal powder which might cause health problem.
The images of tiger and bamboo forest drawn on the center of the jet-black body are coated in several layers before different part of the design are raise to different level to give it a three dimension effect.
According to Platinum, the Tiger In the Dark design is to signify the human living in free world. The bamboo forest represent the mother earth (the World), and the tiger is the human who walk across the world without any bounds.
hmmm ... sound more like a sad world.
Here is a few close up pictures of the Platinum Tiger In The Dark Maki-e (Shikkoku Anei taketoraou-zu) Fountain Pen Limited Edition.