@pugbutter Yeah I find a good place to get character art is from LARPs/reenactment/amateur cosplay or even middle popularity musicians dressing up for what they do (i.e. the band dArtagnan). You get real people often dressed up for what you want of them, but they're not models or some shit. Art is generally supposed to be pretty but you know most of the time it's not representative of what people actually look like so any vaguely realistic RP will have trouble making use of art when you're trying to imagine a scene in your head anyway.
I mean I am roleplaying because I like to play out a role I enjoy, and sometimes that means being a pretty guy who can also kill shit really good.
If I wanted to live out a realistic version of medieval life, I'd probably join a reenactment group and not spend my days writing fiction
on the internet. If you're just looking for realism why not just... do research and read about the topic.
To each their own but I can 100% understand why people prefer to play pretty people most of the time. Similarly, a lot of movies feature pretty people.