3Ds Max is one of the commonly used application in the 3D field. Learning 3Ds Max not only helps you to create 3D projects, but also learn the 3D concept. You can use 3Ds Max to create 3D characters. Although there are tools that is specialized in only modeling, 3Ds Max is a good start to help you to understand the concept behind 3D modeling.
To get the most out of the modeling tools, you need to practice how to model different models and styles. 3D modeling tutorials can help you understand the different modeling techniques and how to work with the polygons and meshes of the model. Here are also other 3D tutorial resources that can help you learn more about 3D modeling:
These are not only character modeling tutorials but also complete projects of developing characters, with different styles and different modeling techniques. Including patch modelling, box modeling, Polygonal modeling, Low-Poly modeling,etc.